An 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Butter Tub and Cover
An 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Butter Tub and Cover, Qianlong Period c.1750. This circular blue and white export porcelain butter tub and cover is based on a Dutch Delftware shape (see photograph below the photograph gallery). The ceramic form originated from large butter tubs made of bent wood that had wooden strips to hold them together, this is reflected in the raised white bands on the side of the present butter tub. The indented cover fits between two pierced flanges. The decoration is of scrolling peonies.
- In perfect condition. Firing faults - some firing cracks where the flanges meet the body of the butter tub. Firing faults to the interior of the butter tub.
- Diameter 11.3 cm (4 1/3 inches)
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- For a Meissen Kakiemon porcelain example of this form but with a knop rather than a handle see : Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe (John Ayres, Oliver Impey, J.V.G. Mallet. The Oriental Ceramic Society 1990. ISBN 0-903421-24-0) page 264, plate 300.