YONGZHENG or QIANLONG c.1730 – 1740 Chinese Export Porcelain with European Over-Decoration

A Chinese Blue and White Beer Mug, Yongzheng or Early Qianlong with a Landscape. Over-Decorated, Probably in England, in Iron-Red and Gold c.1730-1740.


Condition: Good, friting and glaze loss to the handle. Some of the fritting has painted out-lines, see notes above.

Size: Height : 13.5 cm (5 1/4 inches)

Provenance: Geoffrey Waters 10th May 1996 The Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain.


Stock number: 22716.

It is often said that fritting on sharp rims occurs because the glaze does not adhere properly to the body and therefore flakes off, sometimes soon after firing. It is normally very difficult to prove the fritting is due to the firing and is not later damage. but some celadon wares and Ming porcelain show iron-oxide around the edge of the fritting, this iron deposit migrates during the firing process proving it is not later damage. This mug is highly unusual in that the English decorator has outlined some of the fritting in red, coincidentally using an iron-oxide pigment, proving the fritting happened either during or shortly after production.

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