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    a pair of miniature dutch-decorated chinese export teabowls & saucers, yongzheng or qianlong

    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").

    These miniature copies of full-sized items are frequently referred to as 'doll's house' items. It is quite likely, however, that the majority were simply used for display.
    It is quite unusual to find Dutch-decorated 'doll's house' items such as these. An interesting example of European 'folk art' of the Eighteenth Century.
    Dating: c 1730 - 1750
    One teabowl and saucer is in excellent undamaged condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. The other saucer has a small rim chip with an associated tight hairline, and the teabowl has two very small rim chips
    *** please see our web site for a larger range of European-decorated Chinese export wares ***

    Price: SOLD

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