CHINESE EXPORT "TOY" TEAWARES
"CARP" & "COCKEREL"
China, Qianlong, c1750-60
CHINESE EXPORT "TOY" COCKEREL COFFEE CUP
Painted in famille rose and blue enamels with a cockerel perched on a blooming prunus stump sided by peonies, iron red and gilt
Cockerels represent the warmth and light of the universe. Often a feather of a cockerel was placed on
the chest of the deceased, to awaken them at first light for their journey to the afterlife. The
white cockerel is considered a guardian against evil, while the red cockerel is a guardian against fire.
CHINESE EXPORT "TOY" CARP TEAPOT
The miniature teapot of globular form with loop handle and straight spout, painted in famille rose, rouge de fer, green and
grisaille heightened with gilt, with carp and lotus petals among water plants, the lid and shoulders with rouge de fer and gilt scroll
Condition: Excellent; one minor fining flaw at the handle top
Chinese export toy, or miniature, porcelain is a charming extravagance from the 18th century. It was not made for merely for
children, but to delight adults - which it certainly does. The scale and craftsmanship is as meticulous as the larger wares. They are
somewhat rare, eliciting always an overwhelming impulse to touch and hold. Worcester, Caughley and Liverpool in England also
made these toy porcelain wares; however the above Chinese export "toys" predate the English versions by some 10 to 20 years.
Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans, has an excellent collection of these small wares, where the master bedroom displays
several Georgian wall shelves filled with Export and English miniature porcelains. It is worth the trip just to see the display.
Sadly, they cannot be touched.
Please see The Magazine Antiques, December 2008, pp.88-93 for a related article.
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OUR COLLECTION OF MINIATURE ("TOY") PORCELAINS
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(Left to Right) :
Diminutive Qianlong Rouge de Fer Coffee Cup, c1770
Pair of Kangxi Miniature Rouleau Vases, c1662-1722
Rare Pair of Yongzheng Semi-Eggshell "Cockerel" Teabowls & Saucers, c1722-35
Rare Semi-Eggshell "Valentine Pattern" Teabowl & Saucer, c1745
Pair of Ming Iron Red Painted Teabowls, c1590 - 1620
Qianlong Figure of a Monkey, c1750
Qianlong "Cockerel" Coffee Cup, c1750-60
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Chinese Export Miniature ("Toy") Carp Teapot and Cockerel Coffee Cup, c1760