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Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares

 

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In the Netherlands, porcelain decorated in this type of underglaze brown has historically been called "Batavia Brown" or "Capucijnergoed" ("Chick-pea ware", after the legume). The first name may have been coined because most goods exported to The Netherlands from the East were sent via Batavia and has nothing to do with a Batavian production or decoration, It is a very common type with the decoration usually contained within medallions. Occasionally, a gold decoration has been painted on the brown glaze. The brown colour is achieved by using iron oxide as a pigment, which like underglaze blue, needs to be fired at high temperatures. Considerable quantities were exported to the Western and Inter-Asian markets from c.1700. The pieces are rarely refined and can be considered as articles for everyday use by the middle-classes. (Jörg 2002/2, p.120

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Object 2010429

 

Teapot

 

China

 

1730-1750

 

Height 127 mm (5.00 inch), diameter handle to spout 185 mm (7.28 inch), diameter of footring 56 mm (2.21 inch)

 

Teapot of globular shape on footring, straight spout with a curved C-shaped handle. Domed cover and a pointed knob. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze dark brown. Decorated in underglaze blue. On the body two large reserves containing a jardinière filled with flowering plants and two small reserves filled with a single flower spray. The cover is similarly decorated with two large reserves containing a jardinière filled with flowering plants and two small reserves filled with a single flower spray.

 

The jardinière or flower basket was an immensely popular design in the Netherlands. It was apparently regarded as very Chinese and exotic, while at the same time being recognisable and fitting in with Western imagery. The motif was often used on Delftware and in particular on "Amsterdams Bont", the Dutch name for underglaze blue or plain white Chinese porcelain, overdecorated in Delft and elsewhere in enamels. The flower basket represents Lan Cai He, one of the Eight Immortals, patron Saint of gardeners and florists.  (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.96), (Sjostrand & Lok Lok 2007, pp. 271-278)

 

Condition: A chip and a tiny glaze fleabite to the tip of the spout.

 

References:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 86

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 82

Sjostrand & Lok Lok 2007, pp. 271-278

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010304

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1730-1750 

 

Height of teacup 32 mm (1.26 inch), diameter of rim 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter of footring 32 mm (1.26 inch)

Height of saucer 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of rim 100 mm (3.94 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze dark brown and underglaze-blue with four ducks, one in flight, one just about to enter the water head first and two walking near / through shore vegetation. On both rims a zig-zag lines pattern border.

 

A decoration of ducks on tea wares, may have been met with amazement by Westerners, who would have considered this combination as weird. (Jörg 2011/2, p.131)

 

Condition

Teacup: Perfect.

Saucer: Perfect.

 

References:

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 82

Jörg 2011/2, p.131

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010447

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1730-1750

 

Height of teacup 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of rim 65 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of footring 34 mm (1.34 inch)

Height of saucer 21 mm (0.83 inch), diameter of rim 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of footring 62 mm (2.44 inch)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze light brown. Polychrome decorated in various, famille rose, overglaze enamels. In the centre of the saucer a single flowering peony surrounded by three small petal-shaped reserves filled with flower sprays. The reverse is undecorated. The outside of the teacup has a similar decoration of three small petal-shaped reserves filled with flower sprays. On the bottom a single flowering peony spray.

 

Dutch collectors traditionally call this type of light brown glaze zeemleer, 'wash-leather'; in French it is known as café au lait. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.136)

 

Condition:

Teacup: Perfect.

Saucer: Perfect.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp.77-105

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 142

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 82

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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