A DUTCH-DECORATED ‘FINE LINE’ CHINESE BOWL
A DUTCH-DECORATED ‘FINE LINE’ CHINESE BOWL
A DUTCH-DECORATED ‘FINE LINE’ CHINESE BOWL
A DUTCH-DECORATED ‘FINE LINE’ CHINESE BOWL

A DUTCH-DECORATED ‘FINE LINE’ CHINESE BOWL

1700 to 1720 China

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The bowl itself is unusual for Chinese porcelain of the Kangxi period; it is lightly moulded into six panels with moulded floral decoration below an everted rim edged in brown. The only painted decoration added in China is the ribboned fan in underglaze-blue in the centre of the well.

What is exceptional is the decoration. The work of the anonymous Dutch artist responsible was first discussed in a paper that I wrote entitled Dutch ‘Fine-Line’and German Schwarzlot Decoration published in the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 65, 2000-200, p. 135-142, to coincide with the exhibition held at the British Museum on the subject of Oriental porcelain decorated in Europe.

The enamelled decoration consists of birds standing on rockwork with distinctively stylised flowers on branches, the interior with delicate symmetrical floral swags, all in a uniquely inventive and draughtsman-like style.

Examples of the work of this rare artist can be found in various Dutch museums and a notable group in the Porzellansammlung in the Zwinger in Dresden where they have been from the early 18th century. We are able to date this small group to around 1724 because of a ewer made for the marriage in that year of William Butler and Maria Leeser in Amsterdam from the Watney collection illustrated in the above mentioned article.
No damage or restoration. Some speckling in the glaze which probably occurred during the enamel firing in Holland.

According to a paper label, from the Sir Ed: Dean Paul Collection, presumably for Sir Edward John Dean Paul, 4th Baronet of Rodborough (1831-1895)
Dimensions
Height 7.30 cm (2.87 inches)
Diameter 12.80 (5.04 inches)
Stock Code
4985
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