Posts Tagged ‘bronze’

Qianlong cream jug, c.1750

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

A lovely porcelain baluster form cream jug with sparrow beak spout, decorated in the Famille Rose palette. Made in China during the Qianlong period (1736-96) for export to North America and Europe, when fine porcelain was in high demand

The delicate ornamentation rendered in polychrome enamels depicts a cashpot, itself decorated, and spilling with flowers, vines and a pumpkin

Jug stands 3-1/2″ tall, minus its lost cover

When this jug was dropped and its handle lost, it was brought to a metalsmith who fashioned a replacement handle from bronze. The scroll shape of the new handle, more elaborate in form than its predecessor, suggests it was forged in the early to mid-1800’s

This cream jug, from the same period and of similar form and decoration, has its original cover and handle intact

Photo courtesy of  Guest & Gray

Kangxi period dish, c.1700

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

A ribbed surface Chinese porcelain dish with the “Hundred Antiques” pattern is decorated in a famille verte palette, depicting culturally significant items of the period including vases, textiles and utensils.

After the dish broke and was repaired with metal staples, it was placed in an elaborate circa 1750 bronze rococo mount with cherubs.

10 metal staples were used to hold this dish back together again.

The dish alone is 6″ in diameter and measures 9-3/4″ long including the added bronze mount.

An unusual detail is a porcelain fragment from another broken object, added to the top portion of the mount.

If anyone has information on this mark, please let me know.

Large Chinese Qianlong mug, c.1760

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This large Chinese porcelain mug from the Qianlong (pronounced SHEEN-LOONG) period is from the mid-1700’s and is decorated in the Mandarin style with polychrome enamels.

Mug measures 5-3/4″ high and has a finely painted courtyard scene, wrapping around three sides.

I love when there are multiple repairs on one object and this mug boasts three different types of inventive repair, including an incised bronze collar to mask chips along the rim.

A wicker wrapped bronze replacement handle stands in for the long lost original porcelain handle. Just below the brass collar are metal staples which stabilize a vertical crack.

The original handle was simply shaped, much like the one pictured below.

Photo courtesy of Guest & Gray

Meissen porcelain teacup, c.1760

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This German porcelain teacup with scalloped rim is delicately painted with a Watteau style figures in a landscape and floral sprigs in tones of copper green, pink and black. It dates from the middle 1700s and bears a cobalt blue crossed swords mark on the underside. It measures 2-3/4″ tall.

A tiny leaf is painted on the inside of the cup, masking one of the few pinpoint sized bubbles in the glaze.

The underside reveals a cobalt blue crossed swords mark.

A well made forged bronze replacement handle from mid-1800s takes the place of the more fragile porcelain original, which must have snapped off early in the cup’s life.

The hand hammered bronze pins are seen from the inside of the cup.

This is what the original “split twig” handle might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Cyberattic

Chinese Imari pattern teapot, c.1750

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A Chinese porcelain globular form teapot with Japanese influenced Imari decoration, stands 4″ high. The bullet shape was inspired by European silver of the same period.

When the original porcelain handle broke off, the teapot was taken to a china mender and fitted with a bronze handle replacement. Finely woven rattan embellishes the metal handle as well as provides protection from the heat of a pot full of hot tea.

A silver rim was added to mask chips along the lid and a silver “safety” chain keeps the lid and the teapot together.

This teapot with similar form and decoration still sports its original handle.

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Photo courtesy of Moorabool Antiques


Baluster cruet jug, c.1710

Monday, March 15th, 2010

A unusual Chinese porcelain baluster form cruet jug with beak spout, stands 5-1/2″ high. It is decorated in the Chinese Imari pattern, using cobalt blue and iron red enamel washes and gilt highlights.

The original porcelain handle has been replaced by a woven rattan covered gilt bronze handle, set at right angle.

These three examples of similarly formed cruet jugs each have their original handles & lids.

Photo courtesy of Christie’s

Large Chinese Mandarin mug, c.1780

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Heavy porcelain Chinese export mug with flared base made during the Quinlong Period (1736-95) measures 6-1/2″ high. It has an intricately painted courtyard scene in the Mandarin palette with polychrome enamel decoration, including a diaperwork background with gilt highlights.

An unusual replacement handle was made from an early bronze ruler. I have many replacement handles made of bronze in my collection and did not realize this particular one was formerly a ruler until I got it home and studied it more closely.

This strikingly similar mug with original porcelain handle shows what the handle might have looked like on my mug before it was replaced.

Photo courtesy of Burchard Galleries