Chinese blanc de chine flared Beaker with applied prunus sprigging, Dehua, c.1700-25


This beaker, with its flared rim, is decorated with three sprays of crisply-moulded applied prunus blossom. The base has an inner ring within the footrim.

Blanc de chine wares of this type were traditionally made at Dehua, in Fujian province, from the Ming dynasty into the reign of Kangxi. Later, they were produced at Jingdezhen, where the colour becomes noticeably whiter as production continued into the 19th Century.

From quite early on in the 18th Century, Meissen, Saint-Cloud, Doccia and other European manufactories produced their own versions of these much-admired wares. From the late 1740s, Chelsea and Bow also sought to imitate earlier blanc de chine porcelain, and Chelsea beakers of this form, with the concentric footrim, are known.

Condition: The body is a good colour, and the translucency shows a pale yellow tone, typical of wares from the transitional period. One section of the rim has a small chip beside a smaller chip, with an associated hairline. This part of the beaker is cracked and crazed, however it is confined to that area, with no other damage and no restoration. The mouth is slightly misshapen, being not truly round.

Dimensions: Height 7.7 cm

Blanc de Chine: The Great Porcelain of Dehua, Robert H. Blumenfield (Ten Speed Press, 2002).


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