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Saucer

Saucer

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1687-1701 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain

  • Museum number:

    FE.266-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 11, shelf 5

This Chinese saucer bears an imitation Dutch Delft mark AK, which stands for Adrianus Kocx, proprietor of the Greek A factory during the end of the 17th century. This mark was used from 1687 - 1701, one of the most glorious periods of Dutch Delft.

During this period, Dutch traders must have sent Dutch Delft earthenwares (often decorated in Chinese style) to China to be copied there in porcelain, intended for the Dutch market. Shapes and decorations were copied, but also the occasional Delft Makers-mark. Such Chinese imitation marks are rare. The only published examples are in the Groninger Museum and the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague, both in the Netherlands.

Physical description

Blue and white saucer with floral ornamentation centred with a medallion.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1687-1701 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

'AK'
Imitation Dutch Delft mark. The AK mark stands for Adrianus Kocx, proprietor of the Greek A factory during the end of the 17th century. This mark was used from 1687 to 1701 which is one of the highest period of Dutch Delft. During the late 17th and early 18th century Dutch traders must have sent Dutch Delft earthenwares (often decorated in Chinese style) over to China to be copied there in porcelain, intended for the Dutch market. Shapes and decorations were copied but also the occasional Delft Makers-mark. Such Chinese imitation marks are rare.

Dimensions

Diameter: 12.5 cm

Descriptive line

Chinese blue and white porcelain saucer with imitation Dutch AK mark, China, Qing (Kangxi), 1687-1701.

Production Note

During the late 17th and 18th century Dutch traders sent Dutch Delft (decorated in Chinese style) over to China to be copied there in porcelain, intended for the Dutch market.

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Flowers

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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