19 May 2004
A famille rose mythological teabowl and saucer, Venus and Mercury
QIANLONG, CIRCA 1745
Enamelled with a mythological scene depicting Venus and Mercury reclining out in the open with a pair of doves hovering above, trees and rocks in the background, below a narrow floral band around the rim, the base enamelled with an erotic scene showing the unclad couple on a daybed below two doves, hairline cracks and frittings
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The same design has been used by Meissen porcelain painters from Augsburg. Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes: Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p.303, illustrate variations on this design.
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