Qianlong 1736 – 1795. Chinese Export Porcelain Plate Decorated in En Grisaille with the ‘Seamstress’ Pattern.
An 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Bowl, Qianlong Period c.1750 – 1760. Finely Painted in Strong En Grisaille with Bright Gilding with a Design After a European Engraving Referred to as `The Seamstress` or `The Embroideress`. A Well Dressed Woman is Shown Sewing at a Window with Boats in the Distance, She is Sheltered by a Large Swath of Gathered Curtain Material Behind Her.
In perfect condition.
Diameter : 22.9 cm (9 inches)
For a Chinese porcelain plate with this design see : Chinese Export Porcelain, Elvehjem Museum of Art (Catherine Coleman Brawer, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1992. ISBN 932900-30-5) page 114, plate 87. For another plate of this pattern see : Ceramics Crossed Overseas, Jingdezhen, Imari and Delft from the Collection of the Groninger Museum (Christiaan J.A. Jorg and others, Groninger Museum 1999) plate 109. For further plate with `The Seamstress` pattern see : Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Center Collection at Washington and Lee University (Thomas V. Litzenburg Jr. Third Millennium Publishing London 2003. ISBN 1-903942-19-5) page 164, plate 159. For three examples of this Chinese Export Porcelain design see : La Porcelaine Des Compagnies Des Indes A Decor Occidental (Francois et Nicole Hervouet, Yves Bruneau. Flammarion, 1986. ISBN 2-08-010990-1) page 131.
The `Seamstress` or `The Embroideress` Design :
This well known mid-18th century Chinese Export porcelain design is normally executed in En Grisaille . The Chinese painter imitates the engravers technique of black cross-hatched lines but to enliven the design for the medium of porcelain gilding is added, some examples also use a flesh tone. The original copper-plate engraving has yet to be identified, however Catherine Coleman Brawer in `Chinese Export Porcelain, Elvehjem Museum of Art` (Catherine Coleman Brawer, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1992. ISBN 932900-30-5. Page 114, plate 87) says this …”Dutch composition, which also appears on a Delft plate, is possibly after an engraving by Bernard Picart (1673-1733) a French artist who worked in Amsterdam”.