KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Dutch Decorated Blanc de Chine Porcelain
A Kangxi Blanc de Chine Porcelain Ewer, Dehua Kilns Fujian Province c.1680-1710. Finely Painted in the Kakiemon Style in Holland c.1720-1730. The Dutch Over-decoration Consists of an Exotic Flowering Branch with a `Banded Hedge` and a Bird Above. The Reverse with Similar Kakiemon Decoration but with a Pine Tree and Prunus. The Base with a Dutch Red Enamel Pseudo Oriental Mark.
the stock number should be 24130
In perfect condition, however ewers of this form should have a flat cover. This is indicated by the unglazed rim. The Dutch enamels are very rich and jewel like.
Height : 15.5 cm (6 inches)
For a blanc de chine ewer of this type with somewhat later decoration see our `Sold Items` number 23727.
Kakiemon Porcelain :
Kakiemon decoration is usually of high quality, often delicate and with well-balanced asymmetric designs. The designs were normally quite sparse emphasizing the fine white porcelain body known in Japan as Nigoshide (milky white). The opaque white milky Nigoshide body was used on the finest pieces, it appears that it was reserved for fine quality enamelled decoration. Kakiemon porcelain was decorated with a great variety of imaginative designs which include elements such as the `banded hedge`, `flying squirrel`, and the `Quail and Millet` design. The `Three Friends of Winter` were also a very popular group of designs, other subject taken from nature include flowers (especially the chrysanthemum, the national flower of Japan) as well as birds and rock-work. Figural subjects such as the `Hob in the Well` were also popular. This design illustrates a Chinese folk tale where a sage saves his friend who has fallen into a large fish-bowl by throwing stones at it, braking open the pot. Banded-Hedges were a formal device within Japanese traditional gardens, they were often incorporated in designs, includes `The Three Friends of Winter` (Pine, Bamboo and Prunus). These three plants signify perseverance, as neither the pine nor the bamboo shed their leaves in winter and the plumb (Prunus) flowers at the very end of the winter, heralding the arrival of spring.