Early Qianlong, c1740




The exterior painted on each side with 2 Moors on a grassy mound, dressed in Ottoman style

- one wearing a yellow robe and playing a circular horn facing away from the other in turquoise,

playing a trumpet suspending a yellow standard, within gilt spear-head and spaced lozenge bands,

the spear-head band repeated at the footrim,

reserved against a black ground, the interior with a gilt floral sprig.

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 and

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 “first order”

Due to the expense of producing this service, economies in decoration were made on subsequent orders,

as shown in a second saucer with only spearhead borders.


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"




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Rare Chinese Export "Trumpeter" Black-Ground "Trumpter" Waste Bowl, Early Qianlong, c1740 



Museums and literature for the rare “Trumpeter” pattern include:

Brussels Royal Museums of Art and HistoryExhibition (teabowl & saucer),

Chinese Export Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1989-1990, Catalogue, no. 55;

Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, (a plate)

with 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



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Rare Chinese Export "Trumpeter" Black-Ground "Trumpter" Waste Bowl, Early Qianlong, c1740