A rare pair of Chinese blue and white ‘European-subject’ chargers. Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1700-10A rare pair of Chi
A rare pair of Chinese blue and white ‘European-subject’ chargers. Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1700-10. Photo Gibson Antiques
Each painted after a drawing by Robert Bonnart, engraved by his brother Nicolas, originally titled ‘Symphonie du Tympanum, du Luth et de Flute d’allemagne’ in vivid tones of cobalt blue with a fashionable lady playing a dulcimer, accompanied by two gentleman playing a lute and a flute, the rim with a border of eight lotus petal shaped landscape panels, the underside with bamboo sprigs. Diameter: 34.3cm. Price 60 000 €€
An identical ‘Music Party’ charger is illustrated in G.Godden, p.118, pl.21; and on the cover of Chinese Export Art and Design. Another from the ottahedeh
Collection, illustrated in Howard & Ayers, China for the West, volume I, p.77, no.35; and in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, C 781-1910. Recently discussed by M.A. Pinto de Matos, The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics, volume II , London, 2011, p. 250-1, no. 332 the same subject has been found on tin-glazed earthenware tiles in Holland, so it is likely wares of this design were intended for the Dutch market.
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