Over the century the decorations develops from a very cluttered bombastic, covering it all decoration filling up the central panel, to much more sophisticated decoration where the coat of arms eventually shrinks and moves up onto the rim. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. In comparing different pieces, the pieces of better quality have more exquisite details inside the medallions. There are some obvious fakes around. The refinement to seven perforations in the Chambers teapot Fig.
The covers of the first two pots are domed and the third is flat Fig.
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A close relative to the Willow pattern is the Nanking group of pieces, characterized by its higher quality, a specific square cell diaper border outlined with a spearhead border and with a more general landscape setting with houses and water in a river landscape, dating also from the s. In a way the Straits Chinese Porcelain for the Straits Chinese in Penang, Malacca and Singapore belongs here too but as a culturally distinct group with its decoration related to Ming dynasty Swatow wares. Mixtures of styles occur. The underglaze-blue and fomille verte decoration of the earliest teapot on the left, about 20, is consistent with the porcelain of the Kangxi period The arms on the platter are of a slightly Drinking London: The illustration to the left is of the actual printed English Spode pattern. Here is also where most collectors go astray since there is a lot of porcelain which dates to the Ming dynasty without being "Imperial".