The exterior painted on each side with 2 Moors on a grassy mound, dressed in
- one wearing a yellow robe and playing a circular horn facing away from the other
playing a trumpet suspending a yellow standard, within gilt spear-head and spaced lozenge
the spear-head band repeated at
reserved against a black ground, the interior with a gilt
The more complex border denotes that this version is likely from the “first order”*.
Cf. D. Howard and J. Ayers, op.cit., vol.1,
no.299, p.305, for a bowl with this design,
where the authors suggest that the figures are wearing Ottoman costumes
that this was undoubtedly a specially commissioneddesign, since the shapes of pieces are those of
tea-servicesused in England and the Continent c.1740,
and that it illustrates music played 'eastward of the Levant'.
They discuss the possibility that the design may have been byCornelis Pronk.
A number of pieces with slight
variations of the rim design are known, some also with thicker enamel.
A coffee cup and two saucers in the Hodroff
Collection, illustrated by D. S. Howard, op.cit., no.202, p.178
show two rim variations.
*Mr. Howard suggests that the
cup and saucer with more elaborate rim decoration, which also
have thicker black enamel, may well represent a
Due to the expense of producing this service, economies in decoration were made on subsequent
as shown in a second saucer with only spearhead borders.
Museums and literature for the rare “Trumpeter”
Brussels Royal Museums of Art and HistoryExhibition (teabowl & saucer),
Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1989-1990, Catalogue, no. 55;
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, (a plate)
illustration by F. & N. Hervout et Y. Bruneau, op.cit., p.191,
no.8.20, and (similar plate) ibid. no. 8.21;
Ionides Collection (a teabowl and saucer) was included in the exhibition
Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics from The British
Museum, Taibei, 1994 Catalogue, no.79, pp.184 and 185);
(milk-jug and cover) illustrated by D. F. Lunsingh
Scheurleer, op.cit., fig. 92;
(a teapot) Elvehjem Museum of Art, Wisconsin,
illustration #74, p. 100
Condition : Excellent; good enamels and gilt;
the rim slightly our of level; a reinforced firing flaw to the footrim
2 5/8" x 4 5/8"