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1342 Antique 17/18th Chinese Cup Dehua Cup. Decorated in Europe. Most Likely in the UK

1342 Antique 17/18th Chinese Cup Dehua Cup. Decorated in Europe. Most Likely in the UK



1342 Antique 18th Chinese Cup. Decorated in Europe. Most Likely in the UK

Diameter: 95mm approx

Woolley and Wallis – The Phillip Allen Collection 16th November 2023

Similar piece was sold by Bonhams in 2003


A Dehua mug
circa 1700-20
the plain globular body with embossed borders of stiff leaves, the neck and handle finely grooved, painted in red enamel with formal scrolling plants, and with gilded highlights, 9.2cm (fine body cracks, minute rim chips),


  • Illustrated by Bernard Watney, Limehouse Coloured Ware, ECC Transactions vol 15, pt. 1, fig. 6. This shape was probably copied by the Chinese from a German stoneware prototype. Another mug of this form with Dutch enamelling was shown at the British Museum East Meets West exhibition, fig. 13.

As some of you know we mostly collect European decorated porcelain and have a large collection. I just added a teapot that is really baffling me and migth shed a very different light on what I have taken for granted. To me it looks like a very classic Amsterdam redecorated Kakiemon style teapot with added birds, a tiger and flowers. Color wise its also consistent of what we know of Amsterdam Bont Kakiemon. However this teapot has raised relief in the flowers and upon carefull inspection the decoration appears to be incomplete without the colors. The blue branches dont seem to leave space for the flowers. In Amsterdam bont this is never the case as the Dutch painters used the Chinese complete decoration and added something. Its almost as if they added new material to create the relief. I still think the addition of the red flowers was something that was planned all along. Has anybody ever seen anything remotely similar?

Additional Information


Region of origin


China dynasty period

Qing (1661 – 1912)

Decoration type colour

Amsterdam Bont, Famille Verte


18th century