Porcelain porcelain saucer. Underglaze blue with seascape around cavetto including European galleon, mermaid playing a violin, rocks, clouds, a building and waves. French inscription below the rim, and flower head with flying birds in double circle in the centre. Four auspicious emblems on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 25 millimetres
- Diameter: 135 millimetres
Inscription CommentStylised reign mark consisting of a square with chevrons in a large double circle.
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Export porcelain blue-and-white saucer
Sir Percival David bought very little European market export ware. This small saucer and the cup (PDF 648) are decorated with a European ship and the French inscription ‘Gardes vous de la syrene’ (Beware of the siren). In Greek legend sirens (mermaid-like creatures) lured sailors into dangerous waters by making enchanting sounds hoping to shipwreck them on the rocks.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with seascape featuring a European galleon, a mermaid playing a violin, rocks, clouds, a building and waves. Band of French inscription around rim. Inside in the centre is a flower head with flying birds in double circle, and scrolling leaves and birds at the rim. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39916
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