Unusual Chinese famille rose salt cellar decorated with shells and rocaille scrolls. Qianlong period
Of circular form, with three foots and decorated in the famille rose palette with shells and rocaille scrolls in different shades of pink with gold highlights.
- Period :
- Qianlong (1735-1795)
- 3.14 in. (8 cm)
- Reference :
A French private collection
A plate is held on at the Peabody Essex Museum and is illustrated by Jean Mc Clure Mudge in Chinese export in North America (p. 206, no. 203).
Another plate is held on at the China Trade Museum (inventory number 1978.21.3) at Milton in the Massachusetts and is illustrated in the catalogue of the exhibition Yang-ts’ai : The Foreign Colors – Rose Porcelains of the Ch’ing Dynasty (p. 38, no. 64).
Four armorials services are known with this decoration on the rim. Some of them are illustrated by David Howard and John Ayers in China for the West (TII, p. 389, no. 385) or in Made in China (p. 73, no. 35) and by Rocio Diaz & Jorge Welsh in Chinese Armorial for Spain (p. 162, no. 19).
This model derives from the shell or cornucopia designs typical of the 1740’s. It has similarities with the Snoek service but this is not the same rocaille. This design was probably made for the english and spanish markets.