FINE PAIR of YONGZHENG EGGSHELL FAMILLE ROSE TEABOWLS & SAUCERS
The delicate Eggshell porcelain finely painted in famille rose, iron red and gilt with birds among bamboo
and flora, the saucer borders having three cartouches of puce riverscapes separated by complex
diapering (probably lingzhi) in grisaille
Provenance: bearing paper labels for S. Marchant & Son, London
Condition: Excellent; each saucer with a minute restored rim nick
Notes regarding Eggshell porcelain, as described by the Jesuit Pere D'Entrecolles (a missionary working in China
from 1698 until his death in 1741, and writing detailed letters in 1712 and 1722 to his immediate superior Pere Orry):
"There is another kind of porcelain which is very difficult to make, and which therefore has become exceedingly
rare. The body of this porcelain is extremely thin inside, and its surface very smooth both inside and out....
These pieces are made in this way: When the piece leaves the wheel, it is put on to a mould.....and then shaved
down outside with a knife, working it on the wheel, and after that it is glazed and baked in an ordinary way."
Saucer 4.5" Diameter / Cup 1-/8" High
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