EUROPEAN DECORATION ON EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ORIENTAL PORCELAIN – TAASA Review December 2014

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This article was originally found in the December 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 4, Page 7).

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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...