14th Sep, 2023 10:00

The Guinness Sale at Elveden

  Lot 277


☘ An extensive famille rose dinner service

An extensive famille rose dinner service,
Chinese, 18th century, painted with peonies and roses enclosed by a diapered border,
tureen 35cm wide x 21cm high
largest meat plate 42cm wide
large meat plates 37.5 cm wide
medium meat plates 34cm wide
small meat plates 30cm wide
smallest stands 26cm wide
bowls 22cm diameter
plates 22.5cm diameter
small dishes 16cm diameter
sauce boats 24cm wide (qty.)

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Export Porcelain

In the eighteenth century, Chinese export porcelain was made with the same great skill and expertise that domestic wares were known for, but designed to Western tastes. The popularity and spread of these pieces, and their continued desirability, is a testament to the interaction between Chinese artisans and Western collectors and importers who, without a common language or culture, promoted this interchange of stylistic ideas.

Most of the porcelain pieces transported for this purpose were blue and white wares decorated with generic landscapes, but the other, smaller, category of items was made up of colourfully decorated ceramics in the 'famille rose' or 'famille verte' palettes. It was these pieces that were considered the top of the market, a position they have maintained until today, and for wealthy collectors looking for the highest-quality decoration for their interiors, these enamelled porcelains still hold great appeal.

Sold for £6,000

Condition Report

Varied condition throughout but most pieces with some sort of damage ranging from surface scratches to broken, hairline cracks throught to chips, sauce boats with wicker handles, hot rivet repairs, glue repairs, overall charming, delicately painted and with a good palette but poor to fair condition for age and use. Tureens free from cracks to the body althought with damages to the knops and handles, extensive photos showing each piece of the service

1 x large shallow serving dish
2 large deep serving dish
Pair of tureens
3 smaller rectangular serving dishes
6 smaller rectangular serving dishes
6 smaller rectangular serving dishes
18 bowls
33 plates
3 sauceboats
pair of salts
(76 items)



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Auction: The Guinness Sale at Elveden, 14th Sep, 2023


‘I wish all the recipients of lots from this Elveden auction years of enjoyment from their purchase, as I believe the vast majority of these items are likely to be heirlooms for generations of the future.’
Edward Iveagh


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Sale Location

The auction will take place at Elveden Hall, London Road, Elveden, Thetford IP24 3TQ.  The sale commences at 10am, with doors open from 8.30am.



Viewing will be held at Elveden Hall, London Road, Elveden, Thetford IP24 3TQ. 


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Saturday 9 September, 10am - 4pm 

Sunday 10 September, 10am - 4pm 

Monday 11 September, 10am - 7pm 

Tuesday 12 September, 10am - 4pm 

Wednesday 13 September, 10am - 4pm

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