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Object 2011888

 

Dish

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 30 mm (1.18 inch), diameter of rim 264 mm (10.39 inch), diameter of footring 138 mm (5.43 inch), weight 485 grams (17.11 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with a parrot perched on a branch of a tree while observing a butterfly in flight. On the rim four medallions filled with a riverscape or flower spray reserved on flowering scrollwork in a white on blue ground. The reverse is undecorated.

  

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The central decoration of the parrot with the large undecorated space suggest an European design as source of inspiration for the decoration on this dish.

 

Interestingly, an English armorial service dated 1731 made for Charles Peers, Esq. of Chislehampton Lodge, in Oxfordshire, son of Sir Charles who had been Lord Mayor of London in 1715, has a similar motif of a bird on a rock, painted in the same style. For dishes from this service please see:

Condition: A fleabite, frit and three chips (two to the rim and one to the inner footring).

 

References:

Beurdeley 1962, Fig. 69

Corbeiller 1974, cat. 23

Howard 1994, cat. 45

Litzenburg 2003, cat. 78

Fuchs & Howard 2005, cat. 20.

Sargent 2012, p.183

collections.vam.ac.uk

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2011518

 

Dish

 

China

 

1740-1760

 

Height 42 mm (1.65 inch), diameter of rim 248 mm (9.76 inch), diameter of footring 151 mm (5.94 inch), weight 513 grams (18.10 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, straight underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with a flower basket encircled by a foliate and floral scroll border. On the sides reserves filled with flowering lotus plants flanked by reserves filled with a diaper pattern and foliate and floral scrolls. The reverse is undecorated.

 

The basket filled with all kinds of flowers symbolises riches and abundance and therefore was a highly popular motif, appearing on many Jingdezhen underglaze-blue and polychrome porcelains. In the Netherlands the flower basket design 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 or plain white Chinese porcelain, over-decorated in Delft and elsewhere in enamales. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.96), (Jörg 2011/2, p.60)  

 

Condition: A firing flaw to the inner footring and a fleabite to the rim.

 

References:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.96

Jörg 2011/2, p.60

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

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Object 2011497

 

Dish

 

China

 

1730-1750

 

Height 24 mm (0.94 inch), diameter 231 mm (10.04 inch), diameter of footring 123 mm (4.84 inch), weight 327 grams (11.54 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, flat rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with two ladies in a garden landscape observing a man seated at a table in a pavillion playing a zither. On the sides and rim eight panels each filled with a dense floral decoration reserved in white on a blue ground. On the the reverse three flowering peony sprays and on the base a single flowering peony spray.

 

Romance of the Western Chamber

 

The love story' Romance of the Western Chamber' (Xixiang ji) ranks among the most famous literary works of China. Its importance for young people can be compared to that of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' in the West. 'Romance of the Western Chamber' was written by Wang Shifu (1260-1336). There already existed a short story in the Tang dynasty titled 'Biography of Yingying' (Yingying Zhuan) by Yuan Zhen (779-831), but Wang Shifu adapted it by adding details and giving it a happy rather than a sad ending. It tells the story of a forbidden love affair between the civil servant Zhang Sheng, who is gifted, but of a poor family background, and the pretty Cui Yingying, daughter of the Prime Minister. The two young people have their first encounter in a Buddhist temple, where Yingying and her mother have taken lodgings when accompanying the coffin of the recently deceased father back home. Suddenly, the temple is besieged by a local gang of outlaws, who demand the daughter to be handed over. Yingying's mother promises her daughter's hand in marriage to whoever saves the daughter from falling into the hands of the gang leader. However, when Zhang succeeds in doing so with the help of General Du, his childhood friend, she does not keep her promise. The young couple start a secret affair, supported by Hongniang ('Lady in Red'), Yingying's maid. When Yingying's mother discovers the affair, she consents to the marriage on the condition that Zhang passes the final examination for the highest position in the civil service of the capital, Zhang does so well, that he is granted a top position. (Suebsman 2019, p.43)

 

On this dish we see Zhang, behind a wall in his room, playing the zither for Yingying who's Hongniang has taken outside. The act is set at night, indicated by the moon just above the clouds. This enchanting episode named 'Listening to the Qin', is traditionally regarded in China as the highlight of the story. (Jörg 2011, p.100, Scene 13)

 

The peony with leaves decorated on the base of this dish is a revival of the same design seen on the bases of late 17th century dishes made after a Western pewter example. Some of these dishes with Dutch coats of arms, often had the flowering peony on the base. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.255)

 

Condition: Three chips, one with a connected hairline. and various frits and unglazed spots to the rim.

 

References:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.158, p.255 & cat. 291

Jörg 2011/2, p.100, Scene 13

   

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Object 2011742

 

Dish

 

China

 

1720-1740

 

Height 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter 217 mm (8.54 inch), diameter of footring 112 mm (4.41 inch), weight 346 grams (12.21 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring with a flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou)..Decorated in underglaze blue with three fish in a central medallion surrounded by issuing lotus. On the rim eight lotus flower heads enclosed between two rows with half flower heads. The reverse is undecorated.

 

Ancient Chinese philosophers stress the importance of a rich and affluent nation and people and the balance between abundance and scarcity. The fish and the lotus flowers mean abundance year after year. (Quanxin 2006, pp.104-105)

 

Condition: A chip and various very tiny frits and fleabites to the edge and the reverse rim.

 

References:

Quanxin 2006, pp.104-105

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

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Object 2011764

 

Dish

 

China

 

1720-1740

 

Height 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter 229 mm (9.01 inch), diameter of footring 121 mm (4.76 inch), weight 387 grams (13.65 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring with a flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou), Decorated in underglaze blue with large tobacco leaves issuing from half a chrysanthemum flower head, its petals filled with a diaper pattern alternating with floral scrolls. On the rim a zig-zag lines pattern border. On the reverse two flower sprays.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design was also used on armorial porcelain for the Dutch market. On this similarly shaped and sized dish (c.1720-25) there are two coats of arms accollé upside-down on two branches. The male arms on the dexter side with the three spheres or balls are probably those of the Van Blijswijk family from Delft, the Netherlands. The female coat of arms with the reversed chevrons is quite unusual. Unfortunately, no marriage can be traced with the Van Bleijswijk family. (Text and image reproduced from; Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, Chinese Porcelain with Coats of Arms of Dutch Families, (J. Kroes, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, 2007), pp.110-111, cat. no. 9a & 9b)

 

Condition: Two chips to the rim.

 

References:

Kroes 2007, cat. no. 9a & 9b

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

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Objects 2011873AF

 

Six dishes

 

China

 

c.1770

  

2011873A Height 35 mm (1.37 inch), diameter of rim 164 mm (6.46 inch), diameter of footring 96 mm (3.78 inch), weight 218 grams (7.69 ounce (oz.)).

2011873B Height 36 mm (1.42 inch), diameter of rim 162 mm (6.38 inch), diameter of footring 95 mm (3.74 inch), weight 233 grams (8.22 ounce (oz.)).

2011873C Height 36 mm (1.42 inch), diameter of rim 164 mm (6.46 inch), diameter of footring 96 mm (3.78 inch), weight 249 grams (8.78 ounce (oz.)).

2011873D Height 35 mm (1.37 inch), diameter of rim 163 mm (6.42 inch), diameter of footring 95 mm (3.74 inch), weight 230 grams (8.11 ounce (oz.)).

2011873E Height 36 mm (1.42 inch), diameter of rim 165 mm (6.50 inch), diameter of footring 95 mm (3.74 inch), weight 242 grams (8.54 ounce (oz.)).

2011873F Height 32 mm (1.26 inch), diameter of rim 163 mm (6.42 inch), diameter of footring 100 mm (3.93 inch), weight 224 grams (7.90 ounce (oz.)).

 

Six dishes on footrings, straight rims. Each decorated in underglaze blue with a flowering peony growing from a taihu (garden) rock near a pavilion, a perched bird is staring from a circular opening in the pavilion wall towards a phoenix in flight. On the sides and rim four elongated cartouches with pine and bamboo patterns interspersed with half chrysanthemum blossoms on an underglaze blue ground. The reverses are undecorated.

 

Porcelain wares painted in this way were, alongside idealized landscape scenes, another characteristic in underglaze blue painted product for export to Europe from the 1780s on. The 'friends of winter' design, i.e. a scene with bamboo and a pine tree, is complemented with a simple composition of part of a pavilion with taihu (garden) rocks and a bird in flight, regarded in Europe as a crow or cuckoo. A unique set of these wares with this decoration can be found in the Scharzenberg Hluboká collection, consisting mainly of dishes and bowls of various sizes. Some of them were used not only for everyday gastronomic requirements, but also adorned the walls of rooms. (Suchomel 2015, p.264, cat. 140)

 

For an identically decorated bowl and dish, please see;

Conditions:

 

2011873A: A firing flaw to the exterior wall.

2011873B: A firing flaw to the exterior wall.

2011873C: A firing flaw to the base.

2011873D: Firing flaws to the base and exterior wall and a hairline to the rim.

2011873E: A hairline to the rim.

2011873F: A hairline to the rim.

 

Reference:

Suchomel 2015, cat. 140

 

Price: Sold.

 

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