A Chinese porcelain grisaille European subject semi-eggshell tea bowl and saucer, the saucer painted with a ‘bathing scene’ with a nude lady stepping into a bath with boy attendant pouring water into a bath, within a decorative border at the cavetto with alternating circular and foliate panels painted in puce enamel, all on a gilt decorative ground, the cup painted with the same scene repeated on two sides.

Saucer 11.8cm diameter, cup 4cm high.

Qianlong, 1736-1795.


Cup with tiny rim nibble

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the Dr. Hardouin collection, Nantes, France.
  • A similar coffee cup and saucer from the Mottahedeh Collection is published by Hervouet & Bruneau in La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes, no. 6.34, p.125.