This post is dedicated to European ceramics inspired by antique Chinese and Japanese porcelain or other Oriental objects. Europe has a long history of trade with these countries so it is not surprising that many European potters were inspired by their designs and attempted to recreate them in order to capitalize on their popularity. All objects pictured below are from our own collection (some already sold). We will keep updating this page as we come across any additional examples of European ‘Chinoiserie’ or ‘Japanesque’ ceramics influenced by Oriental designs.
I would like to share with you some fascinating old photos of the Summer Palace in Beijing, made and distributed by Mei Li Photograhpic Studio during the late 1920s or 1930s. We’ve acquired two separate sets of these. First one is a set of four framed hand-tinted panoramic shots measuring approx. 30×10 cm. Second set features 23 smaller black and white photos with typewritten English explanations on the back. Hope you’ll enjoy these as much as we did!
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A fantastic miniature Japanese mixed metal vase by Nogawa Noboru dating to the late 19th century, Meiji period. Silver and gold inlaid decoration depicting pair of herons on one side and blossoming prunus branch on the other. Marked to the base with carved hiragana character の (“no”) and three vertical lines in the background for 川 (“kawa”, or “gawa” in compounds).
Wonderful Chinese Han dynasty pottery jar of cylindrical form, painted in black, orange and white pigments with stylized curvilinear cloud designs derived from lacquer objects popular during the late Zhou and early Han dynasties. Rare to find these preserved in such a good condition as the decoration on the surface is extremely delicate and rubs off easily.
Fantastic antique Chinese boxwood carving of the Daoist Goddess of Longevity and protector of women, Magu (麻姑, ‘hemp maid’). She is accompanied by a spotted deer and carries peaches and a basket in her hands. This is a popular Chinese motif known as ‘Magu Xian Shou’. Wonderful little carving with a lovely patina.
Antique Chinese green glazed pottery figure depicting a seated hound, most probably a Saluqi. This is believed to be one of the earliest domesticated breeds (dating back to the Sumerian empire, 7000-6000 BC) and represented in Chinese art since the Tang dynasty. Present example dates to c. Ming dynasty.
Rare pair of late 19th century Chinese (Cantonese) export porcelain vases with applied chimeras. Pattern is commonly referred to as ‘hundred scholars’ and is characteristic of Japanese Kutani porcelain. This type of decoration might have been a response of Chinese decorators to increased popularity of Japanese motifs during the craze of Japonisme in Europe in the second half of the 19th century.
Height: approx. 12.5 cm (slightly different heights)
Antique Indian bronze or similar copper alloy figure of a fierce Hindu deity Durga Mahishasuramardini – slayer of Mahishasura the buffalo demon. In good antique condition with significant ritual wear, marks and small losses as per photographs.
Fine antique Japanese Kutani porcelain incense burner with a pierced cover. Decorated all over in underglaze blue and featuring butterflies with peony scrolls. Stylized underglaze blue square 九谷 Kutani mark underneath. In excellent condition as per photographs.
Very pretty antique Japanese cobalt-ground Satsuma pottery bowl with shaped rim. Depicting an outdoor scene with ladies and children, set against a backdrop of Mt. Fuji and boats on a lake. Marked Kusube 楠部 to the base.
Charming pair of antique Japanese cloisonné incense burners with floral decoration. Both in great antique condition with some age-related surface wear and minor enamel loss inside where feet are attached.
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