A Kangxi Blanc de Chine Porcelain Beaker Decorated in Holland in the Kakiemon Style c.1705 – 1720.

A Kangxi Blanc de Chine beaker enamelled in Holland in the Kakiemon style in c.1705-1720 with a design taken from the so-called ‘Old Lady Pattern’.




A large dark crack to the base that extends up on both sides.
Height : 7 cm (2 3/4 inches)
Rudolf Just Collection, Sotheby's, 11th December 2001, lot 25 (part). E and H Manners,14th December 2001. 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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For an octagonal Kakiemon beaker and saucer of this design from The Burghley House Collection see : Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650 - 1750 (Various authors, The Oriental Ceramic Society,1990. ISBN 0-903421-24-0) page 155, plate 127, for a Chelsea example of this Kakiemon pattern see 328 and for the Bow porcelain version see 327. Helen Espir illustrates the Burghley example mentioned above two illustrated it`s connection with two Dutch decorated blanc de chine beakers and a Japanese saucer decorated with an element from the present piece. This design just uses the bird on top of the birdcage. See : European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain, 1700 -1830 (Helen Espir, Jorge Welsh Books, 2005) page 84, plates 15 and 16.



Kakiemon `Old Lady` Pattern :
This Dutch decoration is unusual in that it copies a known Japanese Kakiemon design closely. It`s a design that rarely, if at all, appears on Dutch over-decorated porcelain. The scene depicts a lady in court dress listening to nightingale on a veranda, it differs to the original Kakiemon pattern in that the it shows a man standing next to the lady. Despite being rare in Dutch enamelled decoration on Chinese porcelain the scene is known on porcelain from Chantilly, Chelsea and Bow. The Bow version might be based `Japan octagonal cup and saucer lady pattern` which Lady Cavendish let to Bow in 1756. This design has been referred to as the `Old Lady` pattern, presumably referring to the subject matter rather than Lady Cavendish.


Published :

European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain, 1700 -1830 (Helen Espir, Jorge Welsh Books, 2005) page 84, plate 16.


A Rare Dutch Decorated Kakiemon Style Plate. The White Porcelain Plate is Late Kangxi c.1700-1720, the Dutch Enameling Dates to c.1710-1725. The Scene Depicts a Lady with a Man Listening to a Singing Nightingale, with a Bird Cage Near by.