REF No. 6615
Chinese export porcelain famille rose tall garniture
Qianlong period circa 1740
Height: 14 inches; 36cm
A Chinese export porcelain five-piece garniture finely painted in famille rose enamels with ladies and children beneath prunus and peony issuing from rockwork in a fenced garden.
Five piece garniture sets were very popular in Europe at this date and designs for furniture, fireplaces and room panelling allowed for this with 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.
This example is in a bright and cheerful famille rose palette with elegant ladies in a garden.