REF No. 6588
chinese export porcelain blue and white garniture
Kangxi period circa 1690
Height: 11¾ inches; 30cm
A blue and white Chinese export porcelain five piece garniture with painted spiral panels of flowers, consisting of two beaker vases and three baluster vases and covers.
The designs here are copying a delft original, which was itself originally inspired by Chinese forms. Some of the flowers have a European style and this illustrates well the repeated design interchange between European and Chinese export ceramics in this period.
Five piece garniture sets were very popular in Europe at this date and designs for furniture, fireplaces and room panelling allowed for this with displays of brackets and niches for the display of such sets. Many such arrays followed the designs of Daniel Marot (1661-1752) a French Huguenot designer and engraver who moved to Holland after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) and later to England with William and Mary, introducing the court style of Louis XIV to both countries. One of his designs for a chimney piece included spaces for 300 pieces of porcelain.
This fashion was further added to with the publication in 1755 of Jean-Baptiste Pillement’s designs of Chinese Ornament, published after his arrival in London from Lisbon, that combined the ‘high rococo’ with a revived taste for chinoiserie and Chinese porcelain. Later famille rose garnitures were also included in these designs - see several other garnitures later in this catalogue.
References: Cohen & Cohen 2015, p6, No 2, a similar garniture with the spiral panels more heavily moulded.