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Kangxi - Chinese Imari - Tea bowl and saucer

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Category
Period
Reference
5540
Height
4 cm (1 1/2")
Depth
8 cm (3 1/4")
Diameter
12 cm (4 3/4")
Chinese Imari tea bowl and saucer, early 18th century made during the end of the Emperor Kangxis reign. Although the original Imari refers to the palette that was used on some Japanese Porcelain from the late 17th century that was shipped out of the Japanese port of Imari to Europe, the Chinese soon copied it when they saw how popular it was in the West. The tem Imari now refers to the palette used in the decoration.

This tea bowl and saucer is beautifully painted with delicate detail to show a child playing with chickens on the banks of a river beside a terrace overhung with Accacia and tree peonies.

Chickens are much loved as they were believed to ward off, by eating, poisonous insects which helped to keep young children safe.



Height
4 cm (1 1/2")
Depth
8 cm (3 1/4")
Diameter
12 cm (4 3/4")
Year
c 1710
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Provenance
private collection
Condition
Overall perfect although there is a little fading to the painting in the well of the saucer as expected