Antique Cobalt Blue Dish 18C Floral decoration Maria Sibylla Merian Chinese porcelain
Condition Report: some fritting and 1 large line from rim. Size 230x20mm DiameterxHeight
Larger dish on footring, flat rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a butterfly and two flowers (iris and anemone). On the anemone, a large caterpillar. A second caterpillar is found on a lower leaf. The cavetto is encircled by a decorative border of intertwined leaves with flower heads. On the rim intertwined floral and foliate scrolls amongst which small flowers. The reverse is undecorated.
Maria Sybilla Merian was a Dutch botanist and artist interested in the study of insects and plants in the Dutch West Indies. Occurs on Chinese export decorations sometimes in combination with design elements reminiscent of designs by Cornelis Pronk.
For examples; see David Howard and John Ayers, vol. 2, p. 304; Charlotte Jacob-Hanson, “Maria Sibylla Merian, Artist-Naturalist,” The Magazine ANTIQUES, (Brant Publications, Inc. New York), August 2000, pp. 174-183.
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|Region of Origin|
|China Dynasty Period||
Qing (1661 – 1912)
Blue & White
some fritting and 1 large line from rim. Size 230x20mm DiameterxHeight
Porcelain & Pottery