YONGZHENG or QIANLONG c.1730 – 1750 Dutch Decorated Chinese Porcelain

A Rare Dutch Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain Saucer. The Porcelain is Yongzheng (1723-1735) or Qianlong (1736-1795) the Dutch Enamel Decoration is c.1730-1750.

Diameter : 11.5 cm (4 1/2 inches)
Two saucers (1 for sale) bought from Robert McPherson Antiques, Kensington Church Street, 30th May 2002. The Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain : "a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society and collector, with her husband. Having made a typical collection of Song and provincial Ming blue and white, they decided to concentrate on what used to be called `clobbered` porcelain. She is the author of the standard work on the subject, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain,2005, the first to examine the work of European decorators on Chinese porcelain throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing on enamellers in Holland, Germany and England. She has learned Chinese." From Provenance ; Collectors, Dealers & Scholars : Chinese Ceramics in Britain & America (Roy Davids, Dominic Jellinek, Privately Printed, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9570148-0-0).
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This highly unusual type of decoration is not in the style of Maria Sybille Merian, even though Helen Espir`s notes recall me saying it might be. It is clearly after a European print, the bird and the branch show clear cross-hatching, a device borrowed from copper-plate engravers. There are many 17th and 18th century engraving this design could be taken from.

References :
Helen Epir`s notes mention there is a cup and saucer of this pattern in the `Famille Rose Cabinet` at the Willet-Holthuysen Museum Amsterdam.