Drove House Antiques, Ian and Brigid Rodgers
Chinese teabowl/saucer English decor'n

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A Chinese teabowl and saucer with English gilt decoration, probably in the atelier of James Giles, Qianlong

A Chinese teabowl and saucer with English gilt decoration, probably in the atelier of James Giles, Qianlong

141112b

141112c

141112d

141112e

141112f

141112g

141112h

Description

A Chinese teabowl and saucer, finely potted and translucent, the centre of the saucer moulded into veined petals, and dating from the Yongzheng or early Qianlong period.  When imported into Europe, the cup was undecorated and the saucer was decorated with three gilt grasshoppers. Both the cup and saucer were then decorated in England with butterflies in gilding and with red enamels outlines and black enamel detailing. Saucer diameter 11.7cm (4.2”)

The gilt lines on the saucer follow the lines of the moulded petal edges.  This style of panelled decoration with curved edges is know as ‘Queen’s pattern’ when used to decorate Worcester porcelain. This type of gilt decoration is considered to have been done in the atelier of James Giles.

Provenance

From the collection of Helen Espir.  Helen Espir is the author of the seminal book on European-decorated oriental porcelain.

Date
The cup and saucer Yongzheng to early Qianlong, the gilt decoration added at the same period.

Condition
This cup and saucer are in excellent, undamaged condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. The gilding is also in very good condition with only minor wear as can be appreciated form the images.

Price: £285

Our reference: 141112  Please use this reference when contacting us about this item

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