A pair of Chinese porcelain semi-eggshell teabowls and saucers of petal form painted in iron-red, gilt, blue, green and aubergine enamels, with a young woman opening the door of a bird cage, beside a seated man wearing a tri-corn hat in a fenced garden with flowers and three birds, the subject is taken from a painting entitled Le dénicheur d’oiseaux.
Saucer 4 ¼ inches, 10.7cm diameter.
A similar teabowl and saucer formerly in the Nuno de Castro collection illustrated in Chinese Export Porcelain in Private Brazilian Collections by Jorge Getulio Veiga, col. pl. 158 and another in Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes décor occidental, no.4.26, p. 90.
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