Posts Tagged ‘clobbered’

Chinese clobbered teapot, c.1780

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I am a big fan of clobbered (over-decorated) porcelains and this piece does not disappoint. A Chinese export porcelain teapot, measuring 5-1/4″ high, originally with blue underglaze Nanking decoration fell out of fashion shortly after it was made. In order to keep up with the sudden demand for polychrome Chinese ceramics, factories took the unwanted pieces with blue decoration and overpainted with brightly colored enamels, often without regard for the original design

And if that wasn’t enough, when the handle broke off it was repaired using metal staples and wrapped with lead. The result is less than attractive but the sturdy repair makes the teapot once again serviceable

This teapot escaped the hand of a painter with polychrome enamels and retains its original blue decoration

Photo courtesy of Equinox Antiques

Chinese clobbered saucer, c.1690

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

This Chinese porcelain hexagonal shaped saucer began life in the late 1600’s simply decorated with blue underglaze, but was later clobbered (painted over) in the mid-1700’s in more “attractive colors” to the taste of the day.

The original blue underglaze decoration was “improved upon” with the addition of arbitrarily painted red and green overglaze, most likely in Amsterdam.

This small gem, which measures 4-1/2″ in diameter, has 14 metal staples holding the once shattered saucer intact, more staples per square inch than any other example I own. A matching cup, also held together with many staple repairs, was unfortunately lost during a move to Florida.

There are 11 iron staples on the back of the saucer and 3 staples (2 iron and 1 brass) on the front.