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").
Specialising in antique Chinese porcelain, ceramics and works of art. We have been collectors of antique Chinese ceramics for many years, and made the decision in 1999 to enhance our enjoyment and appreciation of these marvellous objects by selling a selection of items. Over the last 14 years we have slowly increased the size of this activity, selling to customers worldwide, many of whom have become valued regular purchasers from us. Our aim is to offer good quality and interesting examples of antique Chinese ceramics so that, whether you are a new collector or an old hand, you will find something to tempt you! We understand how difficult it is to buy items at a distance without handling them. We want you to feel confident about buying from us, which is why we aim to give a 'no surprises' description, giving as much detail about condition as possible. If you have any questions about an item, please do not hesitate to ask us. We unconditionally guarantee the item to be as described. If when you receive the item from us it is not as we have described you may return it for a full refund of the purchase price. (Returned items must be received in the same condition as sent out by us, and return shipping must be paid for by the buyer.) Shipping is additional to the indicated price. Please contact us for a shipping quote to your address. You can find more items for sale on our web site: http://www.drovehouseantiques.com Ian Rodgers
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