A good Chinese export grisaille coffee cup & saucer, Qianlong
A Chinese export coffee cup and saucer of fluted form, decorated en grisaille with fine line black and red ￼enamel with a European scene, and dating from the Qianlong period. Both the cup and saucer are decorated with a scene of two men in a landscape with buildings. One man is firing a bow and the other is holding a group of arrows upright. At the bottom is a curious figure of a young child wrapped perhaps in a net or a loose cloak. An intriguing design. Saucer diameter is 11.9 cm, height is 6.3 cm.
A saucer with this design is shown in Hervouet & Bruneau's book 'La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes' figure 3.12.
Provenance: formerly in the collection of Dr Hardouin, Nantes. A label for the Parisian dealer Jacqueline Polles on the base of the saucer.￼
Date: Qianlong circa 1750.
Condition: both the cup and saucer are in very good condition. There is a small glaze chip inside the rim of the cup. No other damage and no restoration. As can be appreciated from our photographs the enamels are also in very good condition.￼