Description & Technical information

Dutch Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export eggshell porcelain armorial bowl with a coat of arms in a medallion, in a ground of flowers painted in bright famille rose enamels.

This delicate eggshell porcelain bowl is very finely painted with bright flowers. The arms are for the Dutch family of Scott, first born by Everard Scott (1639-1682).
The service was probaly made for Balthasar Scott (1672-1741) who lived in Amsterdam. He studied Law and worked as a banker with his father Everard. He was an Alderman and Burgomaster and wasa  Director of the VOC from 1735, when he would have ordered this porcelain. He married twice but had no children, becoming one the wealthiest people in Amsterdam with two houses on Herengracht and a country house in Watergraafsmeer.
The same decoration is found on the rim of the eggshell soup plates made for the Amsterdam surgeon Abraham Titsingh at
the same date.

References: Kroes 2007, p179, No 91, a teapot from this service; Cohen & Cohen 2013, No 13, a Titsingh soup plate.

Date:  Yongzheng period circa 1735
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 14 cm (5¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Gift from Joseph Vandekar to Mrs. Cecil H. Bullivant, November 4, 1953; The Cecil H. Bullivant Collection, Minehead, Somerset

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art