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Chinese Export Grisaille Teapot Stand

Chinese Export Grisaille Teapot Stand


Chinese Export porcelain hexagonal teapot stand, c. 1750.


Dimensions: Approximately 5 ¼” across.



The rim is decorated in a pattern of flowers, some highlighted in gold, and gold “C” scrolls.


The center is decorated with a spray of flowers.


The reverse is undecorated.


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 wear to enamels, glaze flaw; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.

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