M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
SCARCE CHINESE EXPORT PSEUDO TOBACCO LEAF TEAPOT & COVER
Qianlong, China, c1765
Of globular form with curved spout and reeded handle,
the body painted in family rose, sepia and turquoise enamels, all heightened with gilt,
depicting colorful bold overlapping tropical foliage and floral sprays,
and featuring four tree squirrels in pursuit of peaches,
the domed cover with a gilt floral finial and rim, painted with famille floral sprays and sprigs;
the famille rose enamels well blended with white and yellows (see detail images below)
The Tobacco Leaf Patterns
Tobacco Leaf pattern - one of the most prized of the Chinese Export porcelains - was introduced as early as c1750.
However, the majority of Tobacco Leaf and Pseudo Tobacco Leaf porcelains date about 20 years later.
The design depicts - rather than actual tobacco leaves - tropical multicolored foliage, with hibiscus and passion flowers.
Sometimes the bold leaves of the Nicotiana (flowering tobacco) plant are shown.
Originally designed for European market - especially for England and Portugal - the palette consists of underglaze cobalt blue,
with all other enamels (including gold, turquoise, green, yellow, white, purple) applied over the glaze.
Only rarely were animals or people added to the decoration.
The pattern is considered one of the most exotic and colorful Chinese export of that period.
Condition : Excellent, with very minor occasional gilt wear
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