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Chinese Export Tea Bowl and Saucer

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Dates Circa 1760
Origin China
Description A superb Chinese Export tea bowl and saucer with four pierced panels, the bowl has a double-walled skin with a central band of piercing, painted in enamel colours with floral sprays and butterflies. The rims are painted red, probably at the workshop of James Giles circa 1755-65

While most Chinese tea-ware forms were closely matched by the English manufacturers, this pierced design appears to be unique to the 18th century Oriental potters.

This very piece is illustrated:

The Early James Giles and his Contemporary London Decorators - Stephen Hanscombe June 2008, page 71