Antique blue & white hand painted Chinese export porcelain gravy boat in the Pearl River House pattern (see all Photos) also known as Trench Mortar pattern (compare Robert Copeland’s Third edition titled ‘Spode’s Willow Pattern and other Designs after the Chinese,’ published by Bath Press Ltd. in 1999: pp 72 to 77, and figs 18 to 27, to Bernard Watney’s English Blue and White Porcelain of the 18th Century, published by Faber and Faber in 1963, pg 128). This sauce boat is modeled after a Leed’s creamware or pitcher given its reeded and entwined double handle with floret terminals that is not replicated among contemporary late 1700s English porcelain wares (see Photo 5).
The riverscape scene on this sauce boat shows a large house constructed with bamboo and reeds and located in the foreground with mountain peaks and islands off in the distance and a stone bridge and roadway along the shore heading toward the house. This pattern appears first on hand painted blue and white Chinese export porcelain in about 1780 and was soon after copied by engravers in England for reproducing on Staffordshire pearlware by about 1785. Josiah Spode’s firm was among the first potteries to produced underglaze blue printed sets in pearlware in this Pearl River House pattern. In fact, the Pearl River House pattern is considered to be one of the two earliest Chinoiserie patterns transfer printed on pearlware by the Spode factory and was probably in production by about 1785 (see Robert Copeland, ibid pg 67).
This sauce pitcher has several notable attributes that include gold gilding on its handle terminals (see Photo 5), a pair of well formed and entwined handles, a hand pared foot ring with a few residual grains of sand stuck to it (see Photo 8), and a overall standardized pear shaped body and gently pinched spout (see Photo 9). The hand painted border along the inside of the rim also produces some surface relief that is evident to the touch when running a finger around the inner edge of the rim (see Photo 7). The potting is moderately thick and the glaze exhibits hundreds of tiny bubbles that are clearly visible up close under strong light. Portions of the hand painted scene have been shaded in cobalt blue using a broad brush. The exterior rim border pattern include two butterflies (moths) along with a diaper of lattice work, scrolls, flower sprays, and a row of partridge eyes (see Photos 2 and 6).
Antique examples of original patterns hand painted on Chinese export porcelain that were then subsequently copied by English factories using transfer printing are not easy to find today after some 230 years have passed. It is in comparably good condition with just three small chips and an internal spider that is stable and contained in the lower portion of the body (see Condition notes given below for more details). The Pearl River House pattern, also known as the Trench Mortar pattern is one of the earliest patterns copied by the Spode factory and reproduced on pearlware (Robert Copeland 1999, pg 67). So if you are looking for a nice antique hand painted Chinese Export Blue & White porcelain sauce boat from in the Trench Mortar pattern, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this gravy boat also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to request a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This sauce boat is about 7 1/2 inches long from spout to outermost handle edge. It stands about 3 inches tall and measures 3 1/2 inches across at its widest part. It weighs just under 1 lb empty and sits on a well defined oval foot ring that measures about 2 3/8 inches by 1 7/8 inches (final shipping weight is estimated between 2 and 3 lbs). It is in good condition with just one very tight internal hairline visible in Photos 8 and 9 and three glaze chips. There is a small chip on the top of the rim(not big enough to be visible in Photo 9), another small chip on the outer edge of the handle (see Photo 4), and a small chip along the outer edge of the foot ring (see Photo 1). Beyond this, the sauce boat has no other chips, hairlines, major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this item for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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