Lot 246. A famille rose Tobacco leaf 'exotic pheasants and squirrel' part dinner service, Qianlong period (1736-1795). The largest stand 42.2cm (16 1/2in) wide (25). Estimate £ 15,000 - 20,000. Sold for £ 31,312 (€ 35,740). © Bonhams 2001-2019
Each piece brightly painted in underglaze-blue and enamelled in colours, the centre decorated with pheasants and squirrels among flowers and curling serrated leaves, comprising: a tureen, cover and stand; a sauce tureen, cover and stand; a pair of large lobed oval dishes; two smaller lobed oval dishes; four hot-water plates; four plates; two teacups and saucers; a tea caddy and cover; and a cream jug.
Provenance: a distinguished European private collection
Note: During the last decades of the 18th century, a new taste emerged in Europe among the newly-rich commissioning and buying Chinese porcelain to decorate their houses and accompany entertaining their guests. Porcelain with the 'tobacco leaf' motifs was among the most popular and constitutes a family of motifs produced between 1765 to 1795. For a similar 'tobacco leaf' dinner service, see P.L.Debomy, Tobacco leaf and Pseudo: a tentative inventory, Sevres, 2013, p.107.
See a similar part set of twenty-four 'tobacco leaf' plates and soup plates, Qianlong, which was sold at Sotheby's New York, 20-22 April 2018, lot 1082.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2019