Teabowl & saucer, Qianlong c.1745, with the Dutch arms of Akersloot
This tea service was made for Jacob Akersloot (1711-80) who came from a patrician family in Haarlem and went to the East Indies in 1731 as a junior merchant, becoming a supercargo in Canton from 1742 to 1748 when he returned to Holland to live in prosperous retirement. In this Canton period he ordered three services in as many years; the earliest of c.1743 decorated en grisaille with the arms of his second wife Sophia Adriana Ravensberg, who died before 1745, and the second, in similar palette, with the arms of his third wife Catharina Elisabeth van der Gronden. This is the only enamelled service for Jacob Akersloot. The teabowl with a gold flower spray on the reverse.
Provenance: From the Phil Cooke Collection by family descent. With Collection Label Nos. 744/745
Reference : See Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market; Dr. Jochem Kroes No. 320 where the teapot is illustrated
Condition : Teabowl with short haircrack sealed and invisible.
Saucer with the same, but not yet sealed.