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    Sale 2818


    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 490

    A Chinese famille rose 'European Subject' teapot and a cover and a milk-jug and cover

    CIRCA 1740

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    A Chinese famille rose 'European Subject' teapot and a cover and a milk-jug and cover
    Circa 1740
    The globular teapot enamelled with 'La Coquette' after an engraving by Thomassin, the scene depicted on a partially unrolled scroll with four elaborately robed figures encircling a young black attendant against a grisaille hatched ground, the matched cover with bud finial, rim restoration, 12 cm. high; and a famille rose milk-jug and cover decorated with a European gentleman riding a pink elephant, followed by two Europeans carrying vases, 12.7 cm. high (2)

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    The original painting, from which the engraving 'La Coquette' was taken, is by Antoine Watteau and is in The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. The engraving shows the scene in reverse, but the scene on the Chinese porcelain is depicted as in the painting. See D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chine de Commande, Lochem, 1989, fig. 187b for Thomassin's engraving which is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and fig. 187a, a teabowl and saucer in the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam. Also see D.S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, no. 177, p. 161 for a spoon-tray. A milk-jug with this design was sold in our London Rooms, 13 May 2008, lot 290.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The property of a private european collector
    (lots 462-534)