EUROPEAN DECORATION ON EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ORIENTAL PORCELAIN – TAASA Review December 2014
James MacKean F or most of the 16th century Portuguese merchants in Antwerp in the Spanish Netherlands controlled the spice trade in northern Europe, and they brought porcelains in their cargoes the rarity of which made them highly desirable luxury goods.
In 1580 Philip II of Spain claimed the throne of Portugal and united the two kingdoms.
Philip II had a passion for collecting and was said to have amassed over 3000 pieces of Chinese porcelain, inventoried after his death in 1598. Bowl with phoenix and seated monkey, China c.1690 – 1710, porcelain with underglaze blue, overglaze enamel added in Holland c.1710 – 1730...