Large Chinese Saucer with anhua decoration, painted in Holland with flowers, c.1736-95


This large Qianlong saucer (1736-95) is anhua-decorated in trailed slip with a scaly dragon chasing a flaming pearl through ruyi cloud scrolls. Having arrived in Holland through trade with China, the saucer was treated as a blank onto which overglaze enamel and gilt decoration could be added by Dutch decorators, probably in the mid-18th century.

Provenance: Dr Bernard Watney.

Condition: There is a slightly curved crack running from the ochre rim to the footrim, and some light wear to the gilt and enamel decoration, as well as some misfiring to the green, a colour notoriously difficult to fire successfully. No chips or restoration.

Dimensions: Diameter 15.9 cm

European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain, 1700-1830, Helen Espir (Jorge Welsh Books, 2005).

The Watney Collection of Chinese Porcelain Decorated in Holland and England (Bonhams, 2003).


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