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Portuguese or Brazilian Market
Height: 5 inches; 13cm
Provenance: ex-collection Jorge Getulio Veiga
An extemely rare pot, cover and stand with overglaze iron-red ground, with portraits of a Chinese family, possibly merchants in Canton.
The people depicted here seem to be portraits of an actual family and there has been speculution about the identity of the sitters. Veiga has optimistically suggested that they are the Imperial family, however they are much more likely to be a family of Chinese merchants, probably based in Canton and known to the supercargo who would have ordered this piece. It would appear to be the sugarpot from a teaservice. The only other piece recorded is a small plate.
The unusual iron red overglaze ground appears to be imitating the brown glaze used in ‘Batavian’ ware.
References: Veiga 1989, p94, this item and the small plate, purchased in the Rio de Janeiro market; Grandjean 1965, fig 110, Kat 97, a pot and cover the same shape as this; Huitfeldt, p121, same shape but decorated en grisaille.
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