A set of eleven octagonal teabowls, Japanese, late 17th Century and a set of nineteen saucers, Chelsea, circa 1750/52.

The teabowls are painted on each facet with either irises, peonies or flowering autumnal grasses in Kakiemon enamels (excluding yellow), 7cm in height.

Each of the Chelsea saucers, which were made to match the teabowls half a century later, has a central floret encircled by radiating sprays of stylised chrysanthemum and poppy in the Kakiemon palette and they vary from 12/14cm in diameter.

This group is a good example of an east/west marriage. It is recorded in the 1804 Burghley Inventory: ‘China Closet …18 octagon saucers coloured, 11 cups in suit.’


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