A pair of Chine porcelain famille rose European subject fluted tea-bowls and saucers, each painted with a reclining lady with European hairstyle, lying on a bed beside a stack of books, in a fenced terrace scene with a bird perched on a branch, the ladies shoes in the foreground, encircled by six reserves of peony and chrysanthemum on different diaper grounds of iron-red, turquoise and pink enamel, the body fluted beneath a foliate guilt rim, the tea-bowls similarly painted.

The saucers: 4 ¼ inches, 10.9cm diameter.

The tea-bowl: 2 ½ inches, 6.5cm diameter.

Early Qianlong, 1736-1795, circa 1750.

  • Formerly in a French private collection.
  • A similar saucer from the Flehite Museum, Amersforrt, is illustrated by Francois and Nicole Hervouet and Yves Bruneau in The Porcelain of the East India Company,6.44, p.130.
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