QIANLONG c.1740 – 1750 Dutch Decorated Chinese Porcelain

An 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Bowl with Dutch Decoration, Qianlong Period c.1740-1750. The Chinese Decoration Consists of Two Diaper Borders with a Central panel of Carved Lotus. The Dutch Decoration of c.1740-1750 is of Various Dutch Sailing Vessels on a Calm Green-Blue Sea. The Vessels are of Differing Sizes and Shape, Some of Which Appear to be Flying the Dutch Flag.

Repaired chip, now discoloured to the inside rim. A fine hair-line crack to the rim.
Diameter : 15 cm (6 inches)
Robert McPherson Antiques, Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair, London, 4th June 1998. 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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Helen Espir`s notes mention having bought this bowl from me at the Olympia Fair in 1998 she had a near disaster while boarding a tube train at Victoria. During a fight with the tube doors Helen managed to save the bowl without losing her arm. Her husband John was very shocked but as a true collector she risked life and certainly limb for her prized possession.