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At the beginning of the 18th century, there was a fashion among wealthy Dutch ladies to have models made on the scale of a house, the so called "doll's houses". The rooms of these doll's houses were furnished with miniature pieces of porcelain, furniture, paintings, upholstery and all other sorts of objects that would have belonged to the interior of a wealthy home. These doll's houses were very costly and certainly not meant for children to play with but were proudly displayed for friends and visitors and regarded as extremely luxurious items - counterparts of the cabinets of curiosities that were a fashionable hobby of rich men. Only a few of these doll's houses have been preserved. One example can be found in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague showing an 18th century room with porcelain miniatures in cupboards and on brackets along the wall. In reality the majority of these "miniature doll's house vases" would have been part of the interior. A good example of an authentic porcelain room is the famous cabinet in Pommersfelden Castle, Germany, where groups of pieces on brackets are surrounded by these miniature vases lining the borders of the consoles. (Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51)

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Object 2010623

 

A double gourd miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 67 mm (2.17 inch), diameter 34 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of mouthrim 6 mm (0,24 inch), diameter of footring 18 mm (0.71 inch), weight 33 grams (1.16 ounce (oz.))

 

Small double-gourd miniature "doll's house" vase, on a flat unglazed base. Fitted with an unmarked silver mount. Decorated in underglaze blue with flowering plants and flying insects. Round the neck two single branches. The neck is clogged by an old piece of cork.

  

Among the ceramic cargo of the Ca Mau shipwreck (1725) identical shaped miniature doll's house vases decorated with stylised flowers and foliage within fine borders were found. (Amsterdam 2007, p.186)

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51

Amsterdam 2007, p.186

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010262

 

A miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 90 mm (3.54 inch), diameter 32 mm (1.26 inch), diameter of mouthrim 8 mm (0.32 inch), diameter of base 20 mm (0.79 inch)

 

Miniature "doll's house" vase on a flat unglazed base. Fitted with unmarked silver mounts. Decorated in underglaze blue with a flowering plant and flying insects.

 

Among the ceramic cargo of the Ca Mau shipwreck (1725) identical shaped miniature doll's house vases decorated with stylised flowers and foliage within fine borders were found. (Amsterdam 2007, p.186)

 

New York City based interior designer, set decorator and author Andrew Baseman's blog, Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair, is a fascinating accounting of ceramic and glass repairs from the time in history when your China wasn't a disposable item but rather a cherished heirloom to be creatively repaired for continued use. This Chinese teapot with its 'inventive repair' is an exellent example of such an object.

 

Condition: A small restored chip to the foot.

 

References:

Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51

Amsterdam 2007, p.186

http://andrewbaseman.com/blog/

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010161

 

A double gourd miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 86 mm (3.39 inch), diameter 40 mm (1.58 inch), diameter of footring 22 mm (0.87 inch)

 

A small double-gourd vase on a footring. Fitted with an unmarked silver mount. Decorated in underglaze-blue with flowering plants and a single butterfly in flight. Around the shoulder a small zig-zag lines pattern border. On the neck two flower sprays.

 

Condition: Two fleabites and a tiny glaze chip to the footring.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010475

 

A double gourd miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 55 mm (2.17 inch), diameter 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of footring 18 mm (0.71 inch)

 

A double-gourd miniature "doll's house" vase on a flat unglazed base. Decorated in underglaze blue with flowering plants and a single butterfly. Around the neck two flower sprays.

 

Among the ceramic cargo of the Ca Mau shipwreck (1725) identical shaped miniature doll's house vases decorated with stylised flowers and foliage within fine borders were found. (Amsterdam 2007, p.186)

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Kassel 1990, cat. 107

Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51

Amsterdam 2007, p.186

 

Price: Sold. 

 

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Object 2010418

 

A miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of mouthrim 10 mm (0.39 inch), diameter of base 12 mm (0.47 inch)

 

Miniature "doll's house" vase on a flat unglazed base. Decorated in underglaze blue round the foot with a moulded row of lotus leaves and a continuous flowering scroll, around the neck a spiral border.

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010215E

 

A miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

  

c.1700

 

Height 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of mouthrim 9 mm (0.35 inch), diameter of footring 15 mm (0.59 inch)

 

Miniature "doll's house" vase on footring. Decorated in underglaze blue. On all four sides very precisely decorated with: a lady holding a fan, a sitting lady holding a flowering stem, a sitting man wearing a hat and a lady on a terrace. On the shoulder and neck a zig-zag lines border with flower sprays and around the rim a zig-zag lines border.

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010693

 

A miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 42 mm (1.63 inch), diameter 23 mm (0.91 inch), diameter of mouthrim 12 mm (0.47 inch), diameter of footring 12 mm (0.47 inch)

 

Miniature "doll's house" vase on a footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with a continuous floral design, around the neck a lotus leaves border and on the rim a zig-zag lines border.

 

Similary shaped and decorated vases were sold at Christie's 'Vung Tau Cargo', auction sale, Christie's Amsterdam, 7/8 April 1992.

 

For similarly decorated vases, please see:

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Jongsma 1992, pp. 453-456

Amsterdam 1992, lot 741-747

Staatliche Schlöser und Gärten 1998, Kat. Nr. 53

Jörg & Flecker 2001, cat. 26

 

Price: Sold.

 

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