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Chinese Export Grisaille Creamer – “Couple with Rabbit”

Chinese Export Grisaille Creamer – “Couple with Rabbit”

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Chinese export sparrow beak porcelain creamer, circa 1750.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 3⅞” tall.

 

Decoration:  

The creamer is decorated in sepia tones.

 

There is a simple band at the neck.

 

The body is decorated with the image of a couple in European dress. The gentleman appears to be serenading the woman with a mandolin or similar stringed instrument. She appears to be holding a sheet of music.

 

To the left of the couple is a cupid with drawn bow. At their feet is what appears to be a rabbit. To their right there appears to be three ship masts in the distance.

 

The base is undecorated.

 

A plate of this design is illustrated in Hervouet and Bruneau, “La Porcelaine Des Compagnies Des Indies A Décor Occidental” at page 192, item 8.23.

 

The term “grisaille” derives from the French word gris (gray) and, in art, refers to painting executed in monochromatic tones of gray and white.

 

Regarding Chinese export porcelain, the term “grisaille”, and the similar terms “en grisaille” and “encre de Chine”, refer to designs drawn primarily in black, similar to a drawing in ink. These designs may also be found enhanced by the addition of gold or polychrome enamels.

 

Because many examples were decorated with religious imagery, the technique has also been called “Jesuit Ware” regardless of the design.

 

Condition: Minor roughness on the rim; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.

 

Please note, I do NOT issue partial refunds. If you believe that my description is not accurate, I will refund your purchase price upon receipt of the item in the same condition as it was sent under the terms of the return policy in this listing.

 

I also do not ship to post office boxes.

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