KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Chinese Export Porcelain

A Rare Chinese Export Porcelain Miniature Mortar Made for the Dutch Market, Kangxi Period c.1690 – 1710. Made in the Form of a European, Probably Dutch or Flemish.

Chinese porcelain miniature models of European bronze mortars are very rare. When we last sold this piece we described it as a mortar or a brushpot, it is clearly a mortar and we were wrong to suggest it might be a brushpot. Chinese brushpots were only made for the domestic market and would therefore not have been known in Europe. See our `Sold Items` stock number 17972.

Height : 4 cm (1 1/2 inches)
R & G McPherson Antiques A Private English Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain.
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Chinese porcelain miniature models of European bronze mortars are very rare. For a two handled miniature mortar decorated with flowers in the Chinese style see our `Sold Items` stock number 22036. For a miniature Kangxi porcelain mortar of a more painted in imitation of European bronze see stock number 22357.



Miniatures For The Dutch Market :
There is a long tradition in China of making miniatures, ordinary object made in a diminutive size. Clearly there there is a connection, as there is when one looks at miniatures from around the world, with children but they were also used as models for burial and possibly collectors too. Japanese and Chinese porcelain miniature porcelain objects were made for export to Europe and more specifically for Holland in the late 17th and early 18th century. Seen in a European context these miniature Chinese porcelain objects coincide with the production of miniatures in Holland made out of a great variety of material, but especially silver. Indeed there are thought to have been around 40 silversmiths in Amsterdam alone making these Poppengoed, miniature silver objects. Some were for children, but others were made for doll`s houses. In the 17th century these large, lavish models of the interiors of houses were made for wealthy women, often the wives of prosperous Dutch merchants. Chinese porcelain was used in the same way it would have been used in a full sized house, to decorate rooms and as functional objects. An example of which are the `Dolls House` vases of the Vung Tau cargo of c.1690 to 1700. Some Chinese objects were too difficult to make as miniatures, and when one looks at the magnificent doll`s houses in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and else where in Holland you can see specially commissioned white Bohemian glass with trailed blue decoration was used to imitate Chinese porcelain.