Kangxi Porcelain Beaker and Saucer Over Decorated in Europe

c.1700 - 1730

An unusual Kangxi Porcelain beaker and saucer c.1700-1720 decorated in Holland or possibly England, c.1710-1730. This finely potted Kangxi porcelain beaker and saucer was probably intended for hot chocolate and is very thinly potted as well as very translucent. The only Chinese part of the decoration is the under-glaze blue diaper pattern and the mark to the base. The Dutch (or possibly English) over decoration is in over-glaze iron-red and gilding in the Baroque style with scrolling foliage and birds.


The beaker is undamaged. Some damage to the saucer has two very fine cracks that might be sealed. There are several chips that are mostly visible from the back. There is extensive wear to the gilding.
Diameter of the saucer : 12.9 cm (5 inches)
Robert Mcpherson Antiques 25th July 2002. The Helen Espir Collection of Over Decorated Chinese Porcelain.
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£ 520
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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).