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Lot 1
A 'Batavian' glazed bowl circa 1700-10

Sold for £ 501 (US$ 616) inc. premium
A 'Batavian' glazed bowl
circa 1700-10
of slightly flared shape, the interior with an underglaze blue 'cracked ice and prunus' border and formal plant panels in famille verte enamels, the exterior with a light brown glaze, the exterior with formal plants and a bird in raised opaque white enamel heightened in red and green, 16.1cm marked with a cash symbol, one of the 8 precious emblems (minute rim chips),

Footnotes

  • The famille verte enamelling inside this bowl is original Chinese decoration made for the Mogul or middle-eastern market. The exterior was enamelled in England at the beginning of the 18th century. Similar ornament in raised opaque white enamel overpainted in colours, occurs on Chinese porcelain, Asian stoneware storage jars, English red stoneware and London brown stoneware. Two documentary pieces suggest a date for this group. A London stoneware mug in the National Museum of Wales bears the arms of Farmer and is dated 1706. Another tankard, exhibited by Jonathan Horne in 2003 can be dated from the WR excise stamp to 1700-1702. A Chinese bowl, clearly by the same hand as the present lot, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see the ECC Trans., Vol. 2, pt. 8, pl. 52. Robin Hildyard discovered a reference in the 'London Tradesman' in 1747 referring to a workman who came over from Holland who 'in a Pot-house in the borough (of Southwark) gave some Stone Wares the Colours common to the earthen, he succeeded so well, that Cups and other vessels..... came little short of China-ware'. It is possible this Dutchman had previously been a glass enameller rather than a china painter
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