A pair of miniature Chinese export teabowls and saucers, finely potted and translucent, and dating from the Yongzheng or Qianlong period. On arrival in Europe in the mid Eighteenth Century these items were decorated in Holland with overglaze enamels in 'verte Imari' style of overglaze iron red and green enamels and gilding. Both the teabowl and the saucer have been decorated with baskets of flowers separated by keyhole shaped panels with simply drawn bees. The in side of the teabowls is decorated with a carefully copied lingzhi fungus in one, and a decorative device in the other. These are miniature items - I have in cluded a standard AA battery in one image for scale. Saucer diameter 8cm (3.2"), teabowl diameter 4.8cm (1.9").
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