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A Chinese export 'Trumpeter tea bowl and saucer, Circa 1740

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PERIOD: 18th century

A Chinese export 'Trumpeter tea bowl and saucer, Circa 1740, each painted on the front and reverse or in the center with two blackamoors, one playing a trumpet suspending a yellow standard, and the other playing a French horn, all reserved against a lustrous black ground beneath a gilt spearhead-edged border on the exterior rim of each, the interior rim of the saucer with a further band of spearheads beneath a border of geometric floret devices alternating with diamonds and at the edge a gilt band of black diamonds and ovals. Tiny chips. Three versions of this extraordinary decoration exist, differing only in their border designs.

PRIX: $15000

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