YONGZHENG 1723 – 1735 Chinese Porcelain Decorated in London

A Yongzheng Minyao Mark and of the Period 1723-1735. Decorated in London, Between c.1755-1765. The Plain Chinese Export Porcelain was Painted in London, Possibly by James Giles, with a Large Sprig of English Flowers, and Further Scattered Flowers and an Insects.

Many pieces of Chinese Export Porcelain with this type of decoration are now attributed to the decorating studio of James Giles.

Diameter : 7 cm (2 3/4 inches)
Watney Collection, Part II, Phillips New Bond Street, 10th of may 2000. 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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Plain white 18th century Chinese export porcelain is rare, however there are many pieces from the 1750`s and 1760`s that were plain, then decorated in London enamelling workshops. So it seems likely they were part of specific orders of white porcelain solely for decoration in England. However the present example bares the six character mark of Yongzheng (1723-1735) so it appears this piece at least was in the West for some time before it was decorated.

Published :
Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics from The British Museum (Regina Krahl and Jessica Harrison-Hall, National Museum of History, Republic of China,1994. ISNB 957-00-3623-0) page 350, fig. 159a.