Qianlong c.1750, Chinese Export Porcelain with European Style En Grisaille Decoration.
An 18th Century Chinese En Grisaille Plate with a European Subject, Qianlong Period c.1750. The Finely Decorated Central Scene is Painted with a Classical Scene Which is Probably Either Cupid and Psyche or Venus and Cupid. The Gilt Border is of Laub und Bandelwerk.
In very good condition, the En Grisaille is very strong, a small burst bubble just below the inner gilt border. The gilding of the Laub und Bandelwerk slightly worn in places.
Diameter : 22.8 cm (9 inches)
For an En Grisaille plate with this 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 308, item 13.66. For another Chinese export porcelain plate with this design see : The J. Louis Binder Collection of Chinese Export Art, Christie`s London, 17th of June 2003, lot 192.
Laub Und Bandelwerk : Laub und Bandelwerk is a German term meaning foliage and scrollwork, it is a late baroque style of ornament developed in Europe in the early 18th century. This group of designs with broken trellis, `C` shaped scrolls, formalized leaves, strapwork and sashes was used to decorate rooms sometime combined with grotesques. However, Laub und Bandelwerk was more often used as a decorative border in the applied arts. It was employed on 18th century European porcelain, especially that of Du Paquier of Vienna, Doccia in Italy and Meissen in Germany, rarely was it used as the main design but it`s strong angular forms created dramatic border designs. It is therefore unsurprising that it was used on Chinese export porcelain, either in en grisaille or Camaïeu Rose ( puce ). Laub und Bandelwerk borders were used on Chinese export porcelain in the mid 18th century in designs such as `Le Pêcheur` after A.Bloemaert or `Juno and the Peacock`. For an engraving by Johann Jacob Baumgartner (active around 1720-1727) used as a source for a Laub und Bandelwerk designs see : Baroque Luxury Porcelain, The Manufactories of Du Paquier in Vienna and of Carlo Ginori in Florence, Exhibition 10 November 2005 – 29 January 2006 ( various authors, Liechtenstein Museum, Prestel, 2005. ISBN 3-7913-3499-9) page 302, plate 132.