A Du Paquier coffee pot and cover, circa 1725-30. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's

of pear form with baroque moulded spout and scroll handle, painted in underglaze-blue in Chinese style with scattered insects among chrysanthemum and prunus below a diaper lappet border, the domed cover with annular knop. Quantité: 2 - 27.5cm., 11in. high


ProvenanceSotheby's Zurich, 26th June 1971, lot 75

BibliographyA. Busson, Unterglasurblaue Dekors auf Du Paquier Porzellanen, in Keramos, 60, April 1973, pp. 3-16, Abb. 2

NotesFor a discussion on underglaze-blue decoration on Du Paquier porcelain see the article by A. Busson, op. cit., where this coffee pot is illustrated alongside another which was also sold at Sotheby's Zurich, 26th June 1971, lot 74.

The pattern on this coffee pot differs from that on the earliest types at Du Paquier, which were often decorated in red enamel, and is very close to the decoration of the pieces recently identified at the Sankt Florian Abbey in Upper Austria, dating from circa 1728; see M.Chilton et al., Fired by Passion, vol. 2 p. 772 and vol. 3 nos. 210 and 211. The form is also a rare variant, more elaborately scrolled than usual; for another of this form but still with a simpler spout, see Bonham's sale of 9th December 2009, lot 136.

Sotheby's. Collections, Londres, 27 oct. 2015, 10:30 AM