Blue and white tureen canton scene

Rare and important Chinese export porcelain blue and white soup tureen decorated with a scene of Canton, c.1770-1790.
See Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum by William R. Sargent, page 144.
“A view of the city of Guangzhou (Canton) and, in the far distance, the White Cloud Mountains (Baiyunshan) decorate these examples from a possibly unique dinner service, which also includes two plates in the PEM collection. Beyond the crenelated wall surrounding the city at the Pearl River’s edge can be seen the three landmarks that would have been familiar to all traders and remain there today: from left to right, the Flowery Pagoda, the tenth-century Mohammedan or Plain Tower (Guangta), and the Watchtower, or Pavilion Overlooking the Sea (Zhenhai Lou). Small boats on the river are shown in front of a few buildings on stilts that remain outside the city walls, and just left of center one of these buildings displays the Chinese characters that translate as acme or zenith.”
Tureen: 11.75″ x 8.25″
Underplate: 14.25″ x 10.75″

Blue and white tureen canton scene detail 2

Blue and white tureen canton scene detail 3

Blue and white tureen canton scene detail 1