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Fine Encre de Chine teacup and saucer

Encre de Chine, also referred to as En Grisaille, is a special style of decoration in which a finely penciled overglaze black decoration is applied.  Most likely this style was first employed during the reign of the Chinese emperor Yongzheng (1723-1735). This interesting teacup and saucer set is one of the best examples from this period and can therefore be dated from around 1730. Depicted is an attractive landscape with figures and a building.  The contoured rim is decorated with a thin gold line. This set is made out of extremely thin translucent porcelain. In the porcelain body a fine incised lotus flower can be seen.  This style of decoration is usually referred to as Anhua.  The diameter of the saucer is 4.25 inches (11 cm) and the height of the teacup is just over 1.25 inches (3.5 cm).

Excellent, with some minimal rubbing to the highlights as well as a tiny frit to the rim of the saucer.

Yongzheng, circa 1725.

Price $325

Please refer to item no. 2TD027 when making inquiries.

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