A Pair of 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Salts with Liners

Qianlong c.1765 -1785.

A Pair of 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Salt Cellar with Liners, Qianlong Period c.1765-1785. This pair of oval salts are in the style of European porcelain of the period. The basket-work effect of the pierced sides was called Linglong in Chinese. However, this basket-work looks is far more in keeping with 18th century European porcelain than Chinese porcelain made for the Chinese. The Famille Rose decoration is also far more European than Chinese in style. The original form would have been European silver, this is form is natural to silver but requires a lot of extra work by a potter to achieve this shape. The liners are separate, this reflects the fact that silver tarnishes and corrodes when exposed to salt. The silver originals needed another material, such as glass, which to carry the salt separately on top of a silver base. See below for two English silver salt cellars with ‘Bristol’ blue glass liners (from Bukowskis Auction).

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In excellent condition, very minor rubbing to the gilding.
Width 8 cm (3 1/4 inches). Depth 5 cm (2 inches)
Santos, London.
Stock number
Robert McPherson Antiques - A Blue and White Chinese  Porcelain Salt Cellar. Sold Archive - 23756. A pair of 18th Century sterling silver salt cellars, mark of Edward Lowe and Francis Stamp, London 1769 and 1780s. See lower down on this page.



Linglong / Reticulated Porcelain :
The present piece is an example of what can be referred to as `reticulated` porcelain, reticulated meaning having the form or appearance of a net, it was used as early the beginning of the 18th Century by the famous Père Francois Xavier d`Entrecolles (1664-1741) to describe this type of work on porcelain. Another popular term for this type of pierced or cut decoration is `Devils Work` or Guigong. However the Chinese term Linglong is gradually replacing the previous terms, helped by the publication of Jorge Welsh`s book `Linglong` (Jorge Welsh,London,2004.ISBN 972-99045-2-9). There does not seem to be any difference in the use of terms between the free standing pierced porcelain or that supported by an inner wall, nor a distinction made between the most refined work or the type with larger cut-out sections of porcelain.


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A Blue and White  Chinese  Porcelain Salt Cellar. Sold Archive - 23756




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Three 18th Century sterling silver salt cellars, mark of Edward Lowe and Francis Stamp, London 1769 and 1780s.