A pair of fine porcelain wine coolers
Qianlong period, circa 1760
Height: 8 in, 20.3 cm
After a European silver original, of deep U shape, with bracket rims and bail handles, and supported on spreading foot rims.
The vessels are painted in pink enamels and gilding with large sprays of flowers beneath a rocaille border; the feet are each encircled by a band of small trefoils.
Formerly in a Western private collection.
For examples of similar form, see Howard and Ayers, China for the West: Chinese Porcelain and other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection, no. 45, p. 87; and Phillips, China-Trade Porcelain, pl. 23, p. 96.
A plate painted in this palette with a similar rocaille border, dated circa 1745–65 and in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, is illustrated in Mudge, Chinese Export Porcelain in North America, fig. 203, p. 136.