QIANLONG 1736 – 1795 James Giles Decorated Chinese Porcelain

A London Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain Sparrow-Beak Cream Jug c.1750-1765. Enamelled in London Between c.1755-1765 Over Chinese Bianco-Sopra-Bianco Enamels. This Chinese Export Porcelain Jug was Painted in London, Probably at the Studio of James Giles. The Over Decoration Consists of Two Butterflies Among Garden Flowers Including Roses an Tulips.

Condition: n very good condition but the cover is lacking. No damage but there is some wear to the gilt rim.

Size: Height : 10 cm (4 inches)



Stock number: 23606.

English Decoration on White Chinese Porcelain :

This type of English enamel decoration on Chinese export porcelain should be seen in a different way to what is referred to as `over-decorated` or `clobbered` porcelain. Those terms refer to Chinese porcelain that was imported into Europe as finished articles, but were either too plain for merchants to sell or their profits could be enhanced by adding enamels over the existing Chinese decoration. The present example was plain white when it arrived in England, it would not have been saleable and so no merchant would have ordered it to retail. However, James Giles must have ordered allot of white porcelain specifically for decoration at his workshop in London. The shapes ordered were the lasted fashion in Europe as was the decoration he added. To my mind this makes these objects separate and distinct from other Chinese porcelain, China only provided the blank `canvas` and even that was of a form dictated to by Europe. For this reason these objects could primarily be see as English, they would have been totally alien to the Chinese.

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