This is a one of a pair Chinese blanc de chine Guanyin figure from the 19th part of my Grandfathers collection of white Chinese porcelian. This one she is standing the other she is seated. The hand actually moves.
Guanyin was a Chen dynasty empress and she symbolises compassion in Buddhist culture.
El sobre rojo (en chino 红包, en cantonés 利事 Li Shi) es un pequeño sobre hecho de papel que se usa para contener cierta cantidad de dinero. Entregar un obsequio dentro de estos sobres a tus familiares o amigos en ocasiones especiales y fiestas es una acción muy ilustrativa de la cultura china. Además, también se practica un ritual parecido en muchos otros países asiáticos como Vietnam, Japón o Corea.
A very large chinese famille verte pot decorated with the ‘G-mark’.
Kangxi period (1662-1722), ca. 1700
Of globular form on a footring, with a curved spout and a thick loop handle, the domed cover with knob. Decorated in famille verte enamels, around the foot a green band with spirals, on the shoulder a green band with a meander motif. The body is divided into two wide panels on a ground of plants and butterflies, the other with two small cockerels near a rock, several large, flowering plants and butterflies. The cover is similarly decorated. Marked on the base with the Latin capital ‘G’ in underglaze blue.
A very similar pot is in the collection of the Groninger Museum (Friesland, Netherlands, Bequest Mello Backer, 1899), also bears this unusual ‘G-mark’ on the base. It is illustrated by Christiaan Jörg in Famille Verte – Chinese Porcelain in Green Enamels (Groninger Museum, 2011, page 132, plate 120).
Another related pot, also with the initial ‘G’, is in the Carmon et Costa Foundation (Lisbon).
For a pair of bottle with the ‘G-mark’, with the label of Ralph M. Chait NYC (1999), from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, see Sotheby’s NYC, Kangxi: The Jie Rui Tang Collection, 20 march 2018, lot 348 (sold 9.375 USD)
This pot is unusually large for the period, when tea was drunk from small cups and each guest or client had his or her own teapot with their preferred choice of tea. Perhaps, this pot held the hot water used to refill the smaller teapots, or was used for wine or punch.
The ‘G-mark” is still not explain. It should be looked at as a Western merchant or Chinese retailers mark, someone who ordered pieces of good quality in the middle of the Kangxi period. It has even suggested that the ‘G’ is in fact an Arabic letter ‘M’, but it should be not intended to be exported to the Arab world and is only seen on Dutch market Kangxi porcelain.
Mr. Zhang Pusheng is available for high level Chinese ceramic appraisals through Red8 Asian Art. Please contact me with any enquires. Here is his bio:
Born in Shanghai in March 1934, graduated from the History Department of Fudan University in Shanghai in September 1957. He is currently a member of the National Cultural Relics Appraisal Committee.
He has been engaged in cultural relics for more than 40 years and is good at identification, research and teaching of ancient ceramics. Since 1980, he has served as a visiting professor at Shanghai University, Fudan University, Jiangxi Normal University, Hunan Normal University, Northwest University, Nanjing Art College and the State Cultural Relics Bureau Yangzhou Training Center. He has taught Chinese antique ceramics identification and custody knowledge. He has thousands of students. He published three monographs, "Appreciation of Blue and White Porcelain Paintings", "Appreciation of Blue and White Porcelain" and "Yixing Zisha". He has written two lectures on "Characteristics, Identification and Custody of Chinese Ceramics" and "How to Identify Antique Porcelain". From 1992 to 1997, he was appointed by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage as a member of the first-class cultural relics confirmation expert group.
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The antiquarian within me truly relishes this Chinese porcelain teapot and cover.
The teapot dates from the first half of the Eighteenth Century, and is decorated with a Batavian brown glaze on which are reserved circular and fan-shaped panels outlined in underglaze blue. The brown glaze is named after Batavia (present-day Jakarta) which was the capital of the Dutch East Indies from 1619. The fan-shaped panels contain a bird on a flowering prunus branch, and the circular panels contain floral sprigs.
The spout is an Eighteenth-Century silver replacement engraved with a foliate design.
The most fascinating element however is the replacement handle of woven wicker. The handle is attached to the body of the teapot with the aid of two Kingdom of Naples silver coins. These coins were minted in the 1690s, during the reign of the Spanish King Charles (Carlos) II (1665-1700), when the Kingdom of Naples was under Spanish rule.
Notoriously unattractive, Charles was the last Hapsburg ruler of the Spanish Empire, and his death without an immediate Hapsburg heir lead to the War of the Spanish Succession.
Invitation cover I made for the exhibition 'Avontuur in Azië' (Adventure in Asia) at Vrijmetselarij Museum Den Haag (Freemasonry Museum). (Surrounded by pieces of my Chinese porcelain collection)
Avontuur in Azië
Adventure in Asia
On 22 November 2018, the exhibition 'Adventure in Asia, Freemasonry as a global social network', will be officially opened. The exhibition is curated by guest curator Andrea Kroon and is opened by Professor Christiaan Jörg, an internationally known expert on Asian art.
Friday 23 November 2018 - Monday 30 September 2019
Javastraat 2b, 2585 AM, The Hague
vrijmetselarijmuseum (dot) nl