The Antiques Trade Gazette published an article about an interesting Chinese teapot with a design copied from a Dutch coin. Coin images from the NGC World Coin Price Guide.
This rare Chinese export teapot, cover and stand is painted with the arms and motto of the Dutch Republic and the cypher of the Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie – better known as the Dutch East India Company
The inscription reads Concordia Res Parvae Crescunt 1728.
The design is copied from one side of a silver coin (the ducatoon) issued by the company in 1728 for use in the Far East. So faithfully did the Chinese artist follow his brief that even the ribbed milling of the coin is imitated in the rim of the saucer and the mouth rim of the teapot and cover.
The service is thought to have been commissioned by the VOC to mark the launch of the new coinage and may have been used by its employees at various official bases throughout the Far East.
Several pieces reside in key museum and private collections and occasionally they come to auction. A cup and saucer of this design was sold at Christie's New York in 2012 as part of the Frellinghuysen collection of Chinese export porcelain for $9500.
To read the complete articles, see:
Chinese teapot with Dutch touch
Netherlands East Indies Ducaton KM# 130.1
Wayne Homren, Editor
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