17 June 2003
TWO GRISAILLE AND GILT TEABOWLS AND SAUCERS
The first, armorial, decorated primarily en grisaille with a coat-of-arms and crest with elaborate mantling, within a spiral surround below diaper-pattern at the border, the underside of the bowl and saucer with a cypher; and the second, decorated en grisaille and gilt with a cypher enclosed in an elaborate cartouche surmounted by a coronet, within a rococo stylised chain-pattern border, the second with hairlines
both saucers about 4 5/8 in. (11.5 cm.) diam. (2)
Both purchased from The Chinese Porcelain Company.
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The arms on the first are those of Abeleven, of Holland, with members of the family in the Dutch East India Company. This service was made in circa 1740. Our thanks go to Dr. Jochem Kroes for providing this information.
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