From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very fine Qianlong Period (1736-1795), blue and white sauce tureen base of rectangular form with chamfered corners, depicting a river scene with fenced pagodas, people, bridges, and boats on water, with a meticulously intricate border design of cash diaper motifs, butterflies, key frets, and other details, all executed in an attractive blue of varying shades upon a body of dense 18th century export porcelain.
Qianlong Period export ware such as this piece (sometimes called "Nanking Ware," though not to be confused with "Nanking Cargo" shipwreck pieces), was produced in great numbers during the 18th century. But as is the case with Rose Medallion export ware of the following century, there is a tremendous variation in the quality of these pieces. This particular example, while modest in size, is actually as good as it gets in terms of technical merit of the painting. The features depicted are all realistically and "tightly" executed, the piece accomplishes "perspective" quite well even within the confines of Chinese style depth creation, and there is simply a heartbreaking amount of fine detail that went into the border. The work is really quite excellent. The best way to appreciate this piece is to just study as many other similar pieces as you can, and then the quality of this piece should be evident. We wish we had the tureen as well.
Size and Condition: 9.5 inches wide, 6 1/4 inches tall, some minor wear to the rim commensurate with age and barely worth mentioning, and a small spot of dry glaze / possibly a burst glaze bubble on the 9 o’clock position.