China, Kangxi period (1662-1722), circa 1690
H: 23.8 cm
Collection Aleman, The Netherlands 2018
With Vanderven & Vanderven 1970-‘s
Vanderven Imitation & Inspiration Catalogue 2021, no. 19
These unusual goblets with covers, are decorated in underglaze blue. The deep bowl is a dense pattern with feathery chrysanthemum scrolls. The thick baluster stem has a central bulb, between two pairs of flat disks (mereces), each with a blue line. It stands on a spreading foot with a matching band of flower pattern. The domed cover, painted with a similar decoration, has a three disk finial ending in a blue glazed knob. The shape of this goblet is clearly inspired by German and Dutch glass goblets from the 17th century.
Similar goblets were retrieved from the Vung Tau wreck, named after the Vietnamese island where this Asian trading junk was found. The ship has been dated to the Kangxi period, c.1690, which also allows for accurate dating of the cargo. It is assumed the ship sank on its way to Batavia, which was the main trading hub for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Studying the cargo, gives great insights into what kind of wares were intended for The Netherlands at the time. It also reveals how the revitalised kilns at Jingdezhen were already producing substantial quantities of porcelain for export to order, copying European metal or glass shapes and designs.
Similar goblets are also in the collection of Museum Huis van Gijn, Dordrecht (nr.3756) and the Metropolitan Museum, New York (nr.79.2.242a,b). The Princessehof Leeuwarden has one from the Vung Tau, without the cover (inv. nr. OKS 1993.001.A). The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has two covered beakers of a different shape, but from the same period.
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