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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 408

    A Chinese famille rose Dutch armorial teapot and a cover and tea-caddy and a cover

    CIRCA 1731-1733

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A Chinese famille rose Dutch armorial teapot and a cover and tea-caddy and a cover
    Circa 1731-1733
    The pear-shaped teapot and hexagonal tea-caddy painted to two sides with a panel including the coat-of-arms of the Fiers family, consisting of a pink chevron on a black background surmounted by a gold rising bird with scrolling leafy mantling, the sides with two honeycomb-pattern panels with lotus-heads, all reserved on a turquoise diaper-pattern ground, the covers matched, small chips and hairline crack
    The teapot 10.5 cm. high; the tea-caddy 13 cm. high (2)


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    These pieces are part of the third Fiers service, probably ordered in Canton by Gerrit Fiers, who stayed there in 1731 and in 1733 as the captain of the ship the Nieuwvliet. Interestingly, members of the crew of this ship ordered porcelain with similar diaper patterns. According to Dr. J. Kroes, the fact that low-paid seamen could order porcelain of such quality suggests that they probably had special connections with the porcelain makers and painters in Canton.
    For a further discussion on this type of porcelain, see Dr. J. Kroes, Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Marker, Zwolle, 2007, p. 160.

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