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Object 2010104

     

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1723-1735

   

Height of teacup 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 66 mm (2.60 inch), diameter of footring 31 mm (1.22 inch)

Height of saucer 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of footring 57 mm (2.44 inch)

  

Teacup and saucer on footrings, the teacup with a slightly everted rim, the saucer with a flat rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a pagoda with its chimney smoking on a shore and two cranes flying above wild waves, on the rims a stylised laurel border. The reverse of the saucer is undecorated. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

The crane (Grus montignesia) itself is an auspicious symbol, representing longevity and wisdom. They accompany Daoist Immortals (xian, hsien) bringing from The Isles of Paradise the tablets in their beaks. A pair of cranes symbolizes 'Long Marriage' as cranes mate for life. (Pijl-Ketel 1982, p.279)

 

Condition:

Teacup: Two tiny glaze fleabite and a hairline  to the rim.

Saucer: A firing flaw to the reverse.

 

Reference:

Pijl-Ketel 1982, p.279

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010300
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Object 2010300

 

Teapot

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 77 mm (3.03 inch), diameter handle to spout 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of mouthrim 36 mm (1.41 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.38 inch)

 

Teapot on footring, pear-shaped body with ribbing in low relief. Straight spout with curved C-shaped handle. Domed cover with round knob. Decorated in underglaze blue on both sides with flowering branches, on the handle and spout a single flowering stem. On the cover two flower sprays.

 

Condition: A tiny firing flaw to the underside of the rim of the cover and a firing hairline with a frit to the underside of the handle.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010320
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Object 2010320

 

Saucer

China

1720-1740

 

Height 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 67 mm (2.63 inch)

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with two figures in a landscape, a mean is sitting on a veranda and a 'Long Eliza' figure is holding a flower while standing near rockwork. The reverse is undecorated.

 

Condition: Some fleabites and a short hairline to the rim. 

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011903
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Object 2011903

 

Burner

 

China

 

1750-1770

  

Height including supports 52 mm (2.05 inch), height excluding supports 42 mm (1.65 inch), diameter of rim 87 mm (3.43 inch), diameter of footring 42 mm (1.65 inch), weight 118 grams (4.16 ounce (oz.))

 

Burner on footring with straight pierced sides widening to the flat rim. On the flat rim three upright knobs as supports for a teapot / kettle. Inside, on the bottom, a small scale. Decorated in underglaze blue with a flowering plant alternating with a pierced section, on the flat rim three flower sprays. On the base the remains of a clothed wax (shop?) mark.

 

This burner might have served as a warmer for a tea- or wine-pot or even a dish.

 

For a Chinese kettle and stand, please see:

For other, examples of such burners, in Japanese porcelain, please see:

  

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Suggested use for this burner, the teapot and cover are not included in this offer.

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Howard 1997, cat. 202

Jörg 2003/1, cat.98 & 226

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010963
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Object 2010963

 

Coffee cup and saucer

 

China

 

1740-1760

 

Height of cup 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter of rim 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter of footring 34 mm (1.34 inch), weight 80 grams (2.82 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 24 mm (0.94 inch), diameter of rim 120 mm (4.72 inch), diameter of footring 76 mm (2.99 inch), weight 82 grams (2.89 ounce (oz.))

 

Coffee cup and saucer on footrings with straight rims, the tall cup with handle. The rims underglaze brown-edged (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with an ox standing near a fence under a pine tree with a flowering peony plant growing from pierced rockwork. On the sides six lily sprays, chrysanthemum and peony branches, round both rims a narrow honeycomb pattern border. On the handle a single flower and besides the attachment of the handle to the cup a single chrysanthemum and peony spray. The reverse of the saucer is undecorated. The cup is decorated en suite.

 

Condition:

Cup: Perfect.

Saucer: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010874
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Object 2010874

 

Milk jug

 

China

 

c.1750

 

Height 88 mm (3.46 inch), diameter of belly 69 mm (2.72 inch), diameter of mouthrim 38 mm (1.49 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.37 inch)

 

Milk jug on footring, pear shaped body with handle, small triangular spout at the rim. The cover is missing. The handle is placed opposite the spout. Decorated in underglaze blue with two ladies standing in a garden landscape observing a man leaping over awall. Round the rim a trellis border with cartouches filled with flower heads.

 

The scene on this milk jug illustrates an episode from the famous Xi Xiang Ji by Wang Shifu (c.1250-1300), generally translated as the 'The story of the Western Chamber'. The story goes as follows. The talented but improvised student Zhang Sheng meets the beautiful Cui Yingying while she is staying with her mother and a maid in a monastery. The mother opposes a marriage but, thanks to Hongniang, the maid, a secret affair develops. When the mother detects this, she is furious. The lover is sent to the capital to seek literary success and after a while returns triumphant to claim his bride. Episodes from this story are the source of many of the figural decorations on porcelain of the 17th and 18th centuries. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.158, cat. 172),

 

The scene on this milk jug illustrates an episode from book four in which Zhang, having read Yingying's answer, rushes to meet her in the garden, supporting himself on a willow branch as he leaps awall. Yingying turns away, angry at his uncouth behaviour. (Jörg 2011/2, p.100, Scene 16

 

This scene is one of the most famous Chinese figural scenes in the West, it was often copied on European Ceramics. (Jörg 2011, p.100)

 

For a similarly in polychrome enamels decorated objects, please see: 

Condition: A firing flaw to the underside of the spout, a hairline and a glaze chip to the handle and the tip of the spout.

 

References:

Harrisson 1985, cat. 123 & 124

Schölvinck 2010, pp. 33-36

Jörg 2011/2, p.100, Scene 16

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011601
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Object 2011601

     

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1725-1740

   

Height of teacup 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 72 mm (2.83 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.38 inch), weight 50 grams (1.76 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 22 mm (0.86 inch), diameter of rim 116 mm (4.57 inch), diameter of footring 57 mm (2.24 inch), weight 82 grams (2.89 ounce (oz.))

  

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted underglaze brown-edged rims (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with a horse in a central roundel surrounded by seven other horses. On the rims a zig-zag lines pattern border. To the reverse of the saucer three flower sprays. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

The horse, Equus caballus, is one of the Seven Treasures of Buddhism, and is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. It plays an important part in Chinese history and culture, symbolising speed, power, energy and military status. Excellent specimens of horses came to China from Central Asia, where they were indigenous. They were highly appreciated in China and incorporated into Chinese culture. Many legends are connected with famous horses. One is the story of the eight horses of the Emperor Mù Wáng, a favourite subject of Chinese artists. Mù Wáng (r. 976-922 BC) was the fifth emperor of the Western Zhou dynasty (c.1046-256 BC) and is said to have wanted to visit the gardens of the western paradise of Xiwang mu, the Queen Mother of the West, and her famous peach orchards. He set out and travelled through the empire on a chariot driven by his charioteer Tsao Fu. The chariot was being pulled by eight horses each of which bore a distinguishing name and had different 'magic' powers, such as running without touching the ground, riding a cloud or having wings. (Ströber 2011, p.91), (Williams 1976, p.223

 

In the Netherlands this particular design of the eight horses of Emperor Mù Wáng was reffered to as the paardenstoeterij, stud farm. (Hartog 1990, cat. 47)

 

For objects decorated with the eight horses of emperor Mù Wáng, please see:

Condition:

Teacup: A shallow frit to the footring.

Saucer: Two frits and two hairlines to the rim. A frit to the footring.

 

Reference:

Williams 1976, pp.222-226 

Hartog 1990, cat. 47

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 175

Ströber 2011, cat. 31

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010314

 

Saucer

China

1720-1740

 

Height 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 116 mm (4.57 inch), diameter of footring 65 mm (2.56 inch)

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a man walking down a veranda stairs into a garden landscape towards a 'Long Eliza' figure near a banana plant. The reverse is undecorated.

Condition: Perfect.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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