YONGZHENG or QIANLONG c.1730 – 1750 Dutch Decorated Chinese Porcelain
An Early 18th Century Blue and White Chinese Export Porcelain Teapot, Yongzheng or Early Qianlong, Decorated in Holland c.1730-1750. The Chinese Teapot with a Simple Diaper Motif in Blue and White at the Top and Bottom with Carved An Hua (Secret Decoration) Between. This Central Register was Enamelled in Holland with a Scene Loosely Based on Japanese Porcelain of an Elegant Seated Lady Reading a Book.
- Very good, a tiny chip to the rim of the cover c.2 x 2mm.
- Length : 17 cm (6 3/4 inches)
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European Decorated Chinese Porcelain :
For convenience it might be practical to divide European decoration of Chinese export porcelain into three groups. Firstly where the European decoration had been used to augment the existing Chinese enamel, blue and white or incised decoration, see stock number 21823 for an example. This was used to enliven designs that were rather plain or indeed sometimes where the Chinese porcelain was undecorated to start with. The second group can be termed `over-decorated`, where the European enamelling was added partly or wholly on top of the existing Chinese enamels, sometimes taking no notice of the original design, see stock number 21567 for an example. The last and by far the least common, where the original Chinese enamels have been partly or entirely removed so as to leave some space or a `blank canvas` for the European decorator. Chinese porcelain with European decoration is rarely encountered where the whole of the original design has been removed because it must have been a very laborious and expensive solution to improving the object, stock number 22037 is the only example were have had, you can see this in our `Sold` items. It appears that this was made as a replacement to match a pre-existing Chinese porcelain dish. The point of adding European decoration was, of cause, to increase the desirability of the Chinese porcelain object and so increase the profit of the merchant. One of these techniques would have be selected to improve the saleability of the porcelain by making it more attractive and more in keeping with current fashions.