A pair of rare Chinese export porcelain urns and covers, Qianlong

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H.: 28 cm

Condition: (UV-checked)
- The first cover with some glaze loss on the finial, otherwise in good condition.
- The first urn with a small chip to each of the gilded band in the lower section, otherwise in good condition.
- The second cover with some glaze loss on the finial, a restored rim chip and a small rim chip, otherwise in good condition.
- The second urn with numerous spots of glaze loss along the upper gilded band and two chips to the foot, otherwise in good condition.

Provenance: A Dutch private collection.

Ref.:
- The British Museum, Museum number Franks.1401, for another pair, published in 'Ancient Chinese trade ceramics from the British Museum, London', 1994, no. 17, p. 48. The curator's comments: 'The blue-and-green colour scheme using both under and overglaze blue is otherwise extremely rare, although an identical pair of urns was formerly in the Winkworth collection (Sotheby's London, 12th December 1972, lot 124). The shape is closely following a faience model made at Rouen, France (Chompret et al., 1933, vol. IV, pl. 72 A). The decoration which is loosely based on designs developed by Berain was also used at Rouen, but was highly popular at the time in any medium.' (link)
- Rob Michiels Auctions, Feb. 11, 2017, for a single example in poor condition. (Sold EUR 5.100) (link)