Chinese Export Dutch Pseudo-Armorial and Monogrammed Cup and Saucer
Chinese export porcelain cup and saucer, circa 1777.
Saucer approximately 4¾” diameter.
Cup approximately 2¼” diameter (without handle) x 2½” high.
The edge of each is gilded.
The rim of each is decorated with a green band edged in gold and containing a gilt husk band.
Each bears a pair of ribboned ovals. The dexter oval contains the cypher “AB” beneath a gilt crown, and the sinister oval bears an image of a sailing vessel flying the Dutch flag with a tower in the background.
The reverse of the saucer and the base of the cup are undecorated.
The service is illustrated and discussed in Kroes, “Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market”, at pp.468-469.
Kroes believes that the monogram is that of Alida den Breems, the daughter of a Dutch East India Company ship’s captain.
Alida den Breems married a Dutch East India Company ship’s captain, Willem Koelbeir, who was master of the Dutch East Indiaman Kanaan. Willem may have brought this service home to Alida on his return from China is 1777. Willem died in 1779.
Condition: Minor rubbing to enamels; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.
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