Arms of Abeleven* of Amsterdam, c1750




The thinly-potted porcelain teabowl & saucer painted en grisaille, the central coat-of-arms with three stars above a shep, the crest above a lamb or sheep rampant within a flowing mantle, surrounded a beribboned roundel and Wan Li- diapered and tassel rim, the exterior with three groups of precious objects flanked by flowering branches, both the teabowl and saucer with a black enamel script cypher monogram, AA;

the verso with collector's enamel inventory number


* Probably ordered by Abraham Abeleven (1714-1776), who lived in the Dutch East Indies. He was a Company merchant in Batavia, an alderman 1738-39, cashier-general in 1740 and supercargo in 1750. He was Governor of the settlement on Ternate from 1755-57. The porcelain may also have been ordered by Arnoldus Abeleven (1726-77), who was employed by the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam.


Literature :

An identical teacup and saucer is discussed and illustrated in Christiaan J.A. Jorg,

"Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam," pp. 310-11, n. 367


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Condition : Teabowl – a  tight hairline to the side, a few miniscule nicks to rim and foot rim;

Saucer – a nick to foot rim; each with rim gilt-wear

The Teabowl 3” Diameter / The Saucer 4-⅝” Diameter






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Chinese Export Armorial Porcelain Teabowl & Saucer, en grisaille, arms of Abeleven, Amsterdam, c1750