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Chinese Mandarin tea service set


Description
This partial tea service set dates from the reign of the Chinese emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), around 1760. Whereas it is already quite unusual to find single genuine pieces from this period, this set consisting of multiple matching pieces in an excellent condition is even more remarkable. The entire set is decorated with an elaborate scene in a room with multiple Chinese figures. The quality and detail of the decoration are outstanding, which is for example reflected in the furniture and the nice view through the window.  The scene is painted in a wide variety of colorful enamels, the so-called Mandarin style. This style is famous for the fact that the porcelain decorations are like small paintings. On all pieces, the scenes are separated by cartouches with flowers and blossoms reserved on a finely penciled gold ground. The set consist of a teapot with matching lid, a hexagonal molded tea stand, a tea caddy with an elaborate sculptured foot, a creamer with matching lid, two handled cups as well as a small dish, making a total of 7 pieces. This is a unique set, which displays extremely well. The height of the teapot is almost 5.5 inches (13.5 cm), the height of the creamer is 5 inches (12.5 cm), the height of the tea caddy is 4.25 inches (11 cm) and the diameter of the dish is 6 inches (15.5 cm) (other sizes upon request).

Condition
Excellent, with minimal rubbing to the enameled highlights.  Otherwise, the teapot, the tea stand as well as one of the cups is perfect with no faults. The creamer only has a 0.15-inch chip to the spout. The tea caddy has some chipping to the rim as well as a 1.5-inch hairline and a small firing crack in the base. The dish has some small chips to the rim and the footring as well as a 0.2-inch hairline fracture. Finally the last cup has a small crack in the base of the handle.

Age
Qianlong, circa 1760.

Price upon request

Please refer to item no. 7KE108 when making inquiries.

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