QIANLONG 1736 – 1795 Chinese Export Porcelain Decorated in Holland

A Plain White Chinese Export Porcelain Teabowl and Saucer. Finely Painted in En Grisaille with Rustic Dutch Landscapes.


The teabowl with six fine cracks and a small chip, the saucer with some rubbing to the gilding.
Diameter of the saucer : 13.2 cm (5 1/3 inches).
Robert McPherson Antiques, 26th October 1999. The Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain, HMEC 758B.
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For a part tea service with this type of decoration see : The J. Louis Binder Collection of Chinese Export Art, Christie`s London, 17th of June 2003, lot 71.



Dutch Decorated En Grisaille Landscapes :
This decoration is found on a small group of Chinese Export Porcelain teawares decorated in Holland between about 1750 and 1760. They are not overdecorated, the plain white Chinese porcelain must have been ordered specially for enameling in Holland. The subject matter is of Dutch rustic landscapes with buildings and is contained within gilded bracketed borders. The decoration is always very well executed and appears to be by the same hand, the painting is confident and free flowing, and quite unlike En Grisaille porcelain imported from China. Superficially the decoration gives the appearance of being copied from engravings, however on closer inspection the free drawing of the lines appears closer to what one would expect to see on an etching. The minimum use of cross-hatching, the use curved lines, dots and dashes are also closer to etching than engraving. For a part tea service with this type of Dutch decoration see : European Scenes on Chinese Art (Introduction by Teresa Canepa, Jorge Welsh Books, 2005. ISBN 0-9550992-1-8) page 157-158.