ca. 1725-35, early 18th century
Yongzheng Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose / noire enamels
Saucers- d: 10.4-10.6 cm, tea bowls- d: 6.3-6.5 cm, h: 2.8-2.9 cm
Basically perfect condition, with only tiny fritting to rim
From a Maine estate
As tea drinking became an increasingly aristocratic fad in 18th century Europe, consumers demanded porcelains that properly complimented the refinement of taking tea. Yongzheng period thus saw the production of tiny, impossibly thin egg-shell tea bowls and saucers, light to the touch and delicately enameled. The smallness of these pieces borders on absurdity to the modern viewer, yet they are curious souvenirs of early 18th century rococo and its effete pretensions.
In general, egg-shell Yongzheng porcelains are very difficult to find in good condition. This particular pair is in practically perfect condition without a single hairline crack.