A Chinese armorial tea bowl and saucer for the Dutch market (Abeleven of Amsterdam). Qianlong period
Painted en grisaille with the coat-of-arms, the exterior with three groups of vases flanked by flowering branches, each painted beneath with a calligraphic monogram in black enamel.
- Period :
- Qianlong (1735-1795), ca. 1740
- 3.11 in. (7.9 cm)
- Reference :
An identical tea bowl and saucer is illustrated by Christiaan J.A. Jorg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, pp. 310-11, n. 367 (inventory number AK-NM-13442).
See also Jochem Kroes, Chinese armorial porcelain for the Dutch market, 2007, pp. 260-261, cat. 172.
Probably ordered by Abraham Abeleven (1714-1776), who lived in the Dutch East Indies. He was a Company merchant in Batavia, an alderman 1738-39, cashier-general in 1740 and supercargo in 1750. He was Governor of the settlement on Ternate from 1755-57. The porcelain may also have been ordered by Arnoldus Abeleven (1726-77), who was employed by the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam