CHONGZHEN to KANGXI 1640 – 1700 Blanc de Chine Porcelain
A Rare 17th Century Blanc de Chine Wine Cup with Chinese Enamel Decoration, Late Chongzhen, Shunzhi or Early Kangxi 1640-1700. The Silver Gilt Stand and Mounted Mirror are Marked with Hall Marks and the Makers Name Risler & Carri of Paris (1879-1912).
Condition: In very good condition, the aubergine enamel has two flakes.
Size: Width of the stand : 17.7 cm (7 inches)
Width of the cup : 8.8 cm (3 1/2 inches)
References:For a Blanc de Chine Buddhist lion incense stick holder with Chinese enamel decoration in the same palette see our `Sold Items` 23350.
A Risler & Carri of Paris operated from ; Rue Vieille-du-Temple 119, and Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 16, Paris, and Rue de Paris 18, Trouville-sur-Mer. They operated from 1879-1912.
Chinese Enamel Decorated Blanc de Chine Porcelain :
According to Kerr and Ayers (1). “Evidence of enamelling undertaken by Dehua potters is so far limited to Chinese records of the potters Zeng Maodou and Zeng Dachou who apparently specialised in this technique during the Jiajing period (1522-1566)”. However most pieces of enamelled Blanc de Chine herald from a later generation. Kerr and Ayers go on to describe the similarities between the enamel work on Zhangzhou (Swatow) wares and Blanc de Chine produced at Dehua. To my eye the free use of a wet brush, large blocks of vibrant colour and the colour scheme itself, especially the use of turquoise over black, together with the themes attempted are really so similar it seems difficult to believe that the painting wasn`t done at the same place. It would be logical that most, if not all, of the decorated Blanc de Chine porcelain was enamelled at Zhangzhou, because of the very rare occurrence of enamel on Blanc de Chine porcelain compared to the large amount of enamel decoration on (Swatow) ware from Zhangzhou. However, it is possible enamellers from Zhangzhou travelled to Dehua in search of work. Clearly further research is needed. 1) : Blanc de Chine, Porcelain From Dehua, A Catalogue of the Hickley Collection by Rose Kerr & John Ayres, Art Media Resources Ltd 2002.