An unusual Chinese export teabowl and saucer, decorated in underglaze blue and dating from the late Kangxi or Yongzheng period (c1720-35). Both the cup and the saucer are decorated with rows of panels containing flowerheads and peacocks interspersed with leafy scrolls. In the centre of the saucer and the inside of the cup is a typical 'long Eliza' figure of a woman sitting at a table in a fenced garden. The unusual feature of the decoration is the crown with European-style leafy scrolls which surrounds this central scene. While this has an armorial feel it does not appear to illustrate any family arms. Saucer diameter 11.7cm (4.6"), cup diameter 7.2cm (2.8").
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