QIANLONG 1736 – 1795 Chinese Porcelain Decorated in Holland

A Plain White Chinese Export Porcelain Teabowl and Saucer, Qianlong Period c.1760-1780. Entirely Decorated in Holland in the Style of Watteau with a Man Sitting Between Two Ladies in a Garden.


In very good condition, one small shallow chip to the back of the saucer rim c.4 x 2mm, minute frits.
Diameter of the Saucer : 11.1 cm (4 1/3 inches).
Robert McPherson Antiques at the Olympia Fine Art and Antique Fair London, 18th November 1997. The Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain, 628.
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Watteau Influence :
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement (in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens), and revitalized the waning Baroque idiom, which eventually became known as Rococo. He is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes: scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with an air of theatricality. Some of his best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet. Watteau`s design appear on a wide range of 18th century European porcelain, the designs were used many years after his death in 1721. They were used as inspiration and were also copied directly at Sevres and Meissen as well as many other factories during the period of c.1750 to 1770. After this period French scenes of this type gave way to new styles, especially the Neo-Classical. It is worth mentioning that not all of the designs in the style of Watteau were by him, there were many other highly accomplished French artist working in this style at the time.