Seated Dog

Object nr. 461 China, Kangxi period (1662-1722) Height: 15.4 cm

Private Collection, The Netherlands

Condition Report available

€ 11,500

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Famille Jaune

During the Wanli period (1573 - 1619) polychrome enamels were painted on pre-fired unglazed (or biscuit) surfaces, as well as over the glaze. The enamelling on the biscuit technique is similar to enamelling over the glaze: the porcelain vessel was first fired at a temperature in excess of 1250 0C to vitrify the clay; coloured enamels, generally outlined in brownish black, then were painted directly onto the rather dry-looking biscuit; and the vessel was re-fired to just the low temperature required to fuse the enamels. These Wanli wares were the forerunners of a most important family of porcelains painted with green yellow and aubergine enamels on the biscuit that flourished during the end of the 17th century and later, called Famille Verte.

Famille Verte, which includes Famille Jaune and Famille Noire, is a term coined by Frenchmen Albert Jacquemart and Edmond le Blant in an article published in 1862. This group of porcelain can be divided into two different categories. The first consists of porcelain with enamel decoration over the glaze. The second category consists of porcelain with enamel decoration on biscuit. The latter can be identified by the granular structure of the body. Beside yellow enamels, other enamels used on famille Jaune porcelain may include the colours green and aubergine.

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