SHUNZHI 1644 – 1661 Transitional Porcelain

A Rare Shunzhi Blue and White Porcelain Beaker Directly Copying Dutch Engraved Silver of the Mid-17th Century. Early Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi Period c.1650. The Flaring Beaker Form with a Reeded Base has an Unglazed Inner Rim for a Cover (now missing). The Blue and White Decoration is a Close Copy of 17th Century Baroque Silver Engraving, The Top Panel is of Scrolling Foliage Including Flowering Tulips Set within a Strapwork Band Which has Flowering Scrolls Suspended as Well as Fruit From Bows.


In excellent condition. Light fritting to the raised band above the base. The cover lacking.
Height : 14 cm (5 1/4 inches)
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For a later cruder version of this shape and design see : L`Odyssee De La Porcelaine Chinoise ( Various Authors, Editions de la reunion des musees national Paris,2003. ISBN 2-7118-4601-6) page 138, plate 75. For a Dutch silver beaker of the same form including the reeded footrim, with very similar strapwork borders and tulip among scrollwork with similar groups of hanging fruit and flowers from ribbons see : European Noble and Private Collections, June 24th and 25th 2008, Christie`s Amsterdam lot 97. For another 17th century Dutch beaker with similar decoration, Rotterdam dated 1641 see : Dutch and Foreign Silver, Judaica, Russian Works of Art and Objects of Vertu, 14th June 2007 Christie`s Amsterdam, lot 273.



The design relates to a number of mid-17th century Dutch silver beakers but the Chinese have made the design fuller filling the main register where as on the Dutch prototypes this area would have quite a lot of blank space. The present example is clearly from the Shunzhi period but a later Kangxi example, with cover exists. The painting of the Kangxi beaker is very different and the design has been much simplified, see references below.