Rare set comprising 6 Kangxi period ca. 1690 Chinese export porcelain octagonal shaped cups and 6 saucers
Each decorated en-suite with a floral roundel and with stylized floral panels, each with an underglaze blue artemisia leaf in a double circle to the base. All decorated in underglaze blue with so-called, hatching lines technique. For similar cup and saucers please see: Christie’s interiors auction sale 4012, lot 854, London South Kensington, nov-09-2011.
These crisscross hatching lines are not a Chinese way of painting on porcelain and may have been influenced by the Dutch, imitating etching technique on antique glass. This technique was short-lived for it mostly occurs on blue-and-white export wares around 1700. It occurs on teacups and saucers, beakers and small jars with covers, vases, garnitures and other items. The style was short lived, already disappearing in the early 18th century (Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.68-69). Similar style hatched decorated items came from the Vung Tau shipwreck dating around 1690.
Provenance: Jacob Gieling (1919-1976). Gieling came from a well-to-do Utrecht antiquarian family. Jacob also became a great figure in his field. Among other things, he supplied part of the furniture for Drakenstein Castle, to Queen Beatrix.
Condition: Overall in good condition. One saucer with antique 19th century repaired break (rivetted with 3 silver staples in the 19th century). The rest 5 saucers are in very good condition. One cup has a chip at rim, two cups have a small rim frit. One cup has a short hairline at rim. The rest two are in good condition, some production imperfection which is very common for this period of porcelain.
Size: Saucer; 12 cm diameter and 2 cm in height; cup; 8 cm diameter and 5.5 cm in height.
Age: Later 17th/early 18th C, KangXi period, Qing Dynasty.
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