Palaceware Cup and Saucer #7621 sold
An especially fine Chinese export porcelain handled cup, often referred to as a ‘can’, and saucer, very well-painted with detailed Mandarin scenes in Famille Rose enamels in reserve against a fantastically rich and detailed gilt ground of scrolling decoration, along with sepia vignettes of birds and landscapes and edged with a flowerhead border. The artistry of these pieces is just masterful, the level of detail mind-boggling, note the game board the ladies are playing on the saucer, and the root chair a lady is sitting in, not to mention all the landscape scenes. This was some of the most expensive special-order export porcelain one could commission at the time and given the time-consuming detail and gilding that is understandable. In addition, the elaborate gilding is frequently worn on these pieces and these are in remarkably good condition. Often also referred to as the Rockefeller Pattern as Nelson Rockefeller owned a complete service in a similar pattern! The saucer 5 3/4″ in diameter, the can 2 3/4″ tall. Circa 1790-1805.