Tableware Set (incomplete)


Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period (1800 AD-1810)


Inventory sheet

This exquisite table service in the European tradition is an interesting testimony to a time of cultural change, combining the rococo with the then modern neoclassical style.
The rococo style is reflected in its decoration, filled with Chinese landscapes; as is the neoclassical, through Greek ornamentation and golden festoons, as well as the shapes of some pieces, particularly the tureens (imitating classical urns).
The service belonged to António de São José de Castro (1741-1814), Bishop of Porto at the time of the Peninsular War, whose coat of arms it bears. Other pieces from this table service can be found in various museums and private collections in Portugal and abroad.