The Porcelain, China, Yongzheng c1720-40 / The Painting, Netherlands, Also c1720-40


Dutch Painted Chinese Export Teapot, Yongzheng, Fisherman & Flowers Pattern


The globular form teapot with loop handle, originally decorated simply in underglaze blue,
and later well enameled in The Netherlands in the Dutch doré manner,
the body with alternating panels of a fisherman and houses
within a circular vignette and reserved on a ground of iron red leaves on gilt,
and of handled baskets of flowers amongst scattered small flying bees;
the neck with a border of stylized leaves and flowerheads;
the domed lid painted en suite; the handle and spout painted with scattered flowers


A bowl of this decoration from the collection of Augustus the Strong and
bearing Johanneum marks for the Dresden the Japanese Palace Inventory,
was in the collection of Helen Espir.
It served as the starting point of her research and subsequent book :
European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain, the bowl illustrated, p.62, pl.16.

For more on this pattern, see below.


Condition : Expected wear to the gilt; small area of restoration to the finial;

remains of a metal mount and chain to cover


5" High


8.25" Wide / 2.25" Deep





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Ref : European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain, Helen Espir, p. 62-3 :




"Dutch doré "In July 1723, Mademoiselle Bassetouche supplied the king with a set of 12 slop basins

of Chinese blue and white porcelain decorated in Holland in red and gold with

the earliest datable examples of the bet loved and most popular Dutch pattern :

the basket of flowers and fisherman.

Both motifs are well known in Chinese decoration and had been adapted for Delftware and tile decoration.

The bowls were listed in the Japanese section, Chapter V, N:91+,

where they were mistaken for Imari.....


The bowl illustrated in Fig. 16. with the same pattern, originally came into the collection

in 1727-8 and was entered in the Red Chinese section in Chapter III,

Table Services, Tea Things & All Kinds of Accessories, N:113 (and upwards arrow) as a slop bowl.

It has the addition of green and black enamels

seen in the leaves in the basket and in the landscape with the fisherman.

The drawing is less stiff and a pair of bees has been introduced by the ribbons on the handle of the basket,

The red hatched leaves against the gold ground separating the panels enrich the effect.

The pattern was used for about 50 years, with varying quality."

Helen Espir, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain p. 63


(Ms. Espir's Quoted Text, Courtesy of Jorge Welsh Books, London)


(Copyrighted Image of Bowl, Courtesy Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury England)















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