REF No. 6565
set of six Chinese porcelain famille rose black ground beakers and saucers
Yongzheng period circa 1730
Diameter of saucer: 5¼ inches; 13cm
A set of six beakers and saucers of octagonal form, decorated in famille rose enamels, the side panels with vases of flowers and the canted corners with chrysanthemums on a black ground with green foliage.
The black ground is made from a black over-glaze enamel that is further overlaid with a translucent green enamel. This is sometimes called ‘famille noire’ though properly that term should refer only to a black enamel painted directly onto the biscuit and is relatively rare.
References: a single example from the Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. (1822-1904) Collection, was in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accessioned in 1879, deaccessioned 2016.