Kangxi, 1715-20, painted in London c1720-30





Of globular form, with original underglaze blue decoration of a tall pine tree and flowering branches,

decorated in London c1720-30 with iron red, black and gilt :

the flowering branches overlaid with an elaborate gilt panel outlining and heightening the flowers,

at the top, a smiling sun to each side (indicative of London painting*),

sided by two standing Chinese figures, one on a low bridge, swans swimming beneath;

the reverse with a half-rolled iron red blind over the pine tree above two triangles -

one representing a further bridge with swans, the other a garden terrace;

the spout and handle painted with cloud scrolls; the lid painted en suite,

the interior faintly inscribed in gilt 'Cheap';

the verso with a pseudo artemesia leaf mark in underglaze blue


Illustrated :

European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain, Helen Espir, p. 271, Pl. 16;

 English Ceramics Circle, Transaction, Vol.19, Part I;

The English Decoration of Oriental Porcelain, Errol Manners, p. 18, Pl. 41


*Cf. Stephen Hanscombe, The Early James Giles and his Contemporary London Decorators, p. 31,

 where he cites the 'smiley-faced' sun as a hallmark of early English decoration.

Provenance: Helen Espir Collection, no. 372. Purchased from Geoffrey Waters, November 1994,

verso bearing both labels.



Condition : Excellent; enamels in very good condition;  two minor slice chips beneath lid; minor nick to lid verso  


4.75” High x 6.5” Wide (spout to handle)






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