Tureen with underdish
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- Kangxi Period, 1662 - 1722
- 12 cm
- 18.4 cm
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On both sides of the tureen are two Long Eliza’s in respectively a garden and in an interior. One of the Long Eliza’s in the garden is holding a vase, the other is seated. The vase has been broken and is mend together. The Long Eliza’s in the interior on the other side are standing and holding different plants. The cover of the tureen is decorated with five boys playing in a landscape. On the underdish are two Long Eliza’s in a garden with flowers, in the centre of the underdish are two peaches. The bowl is marked with an artemisia leaf, the underdish has a six character Kangxi mark.
The elongated women portrayed on the tureen are ‘Long Eliza’s’, a term used to describe the tall women on Chinese export porcelain. Long Eliza’s is derived from the Dutch term ‘Lange Lijzen’. Usually the pair of Long Eliza’s consist of a taller figure, He Xiangu and a shorter figure, Lan Caihe: both are part of the Daiost Eight Immortals. The influence of the European, and especially the Dutch market, on the Chinese export porcelain is particularly visible in this motif.