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A Pair of Madame de Pompadour Wine Coolers
Catalog#: Early Summer 2003
Category: Ceramics
SubType: Chinese Export Porcelain
Origin: China
Era: 18th Century
Qing dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795), c. 1745

Chinese porcelain painted with overglaze enamels in the Famille Rose palette A pair of cylindrical wine coolers, with a thickened rim and shell handles at either side. Each decorated in unusual tones of Famille Rose enamels with the design known as 'Madame de Pompadour' named after Jeanne Antoinette Poisson (1721-1764), with flower buds and blooms, including peonies, lotus, and chrysanthemum, interspersed by European-style cartouches: two with carp-like fish swimming above weeds, and two with an eagle beneath a coronet of sunflower petals, and a small band of lozenges and triangular shapes around the rim and base. The inner rim painted with a narrow trellis-pattern band.

Bibliography: Beurdeley, Chinese Trade Porcelain, Vermont and Tokyo, 1969, p. 194, cat. 190.

Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, Vol. II, p. 443, pl. 449.

Mezin, Cargaisons de Chine, Porcelaines de la Compagnie des Indes du Musee de l'Orient, 2002, p. 65, pl. 44.

Teixeira Leite, As Companhias das Indias e a Porcelana Chinesa de Encomienda, p. 137, pl. 55.

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