Looking for Jumping Boys and Long Elizas

Occasionally small figures crop up among the intricate floral and landscape decorations. Jacqui explained to us that the most common figures that appear on Chinese porcelain are the ‘jumping boy’ and ‘long Eliza’.

An example of a jumping boy suspended in mid-air
An example of a jumping boy suspended in mid-air
Typically slender Long Elizas with elongated limbs
Typically slender long Elizas with elongated limbs

Will, Emma and I found a few energetic little boys and leggy women as well as an array of wild animals on fragments of porcelain we found. Here is a round up of our favourite motifs…

A lady on a rim of a plate found in the site at 15-17 King Street, EC2
A lady on a rim of a plate found in the site at 15-17 King Street, EC2
A jumping boy found in the site at Plantation House, 26-38 Fenchurch Street, EC3
A jumping boy found in the site at Plantation House, 26-38 Fenchurch Street, EC3
A lady on a famille rose decorated plate found in the site on 9-11 Duke Street, 1 Dukes Mews, W1
A lady on a famille rose decorated plate found in the site on 9-11 Duke Street, 1 Dukes Mews, W1
A dragon on a saucer found in the site on 9-11 Duke Street, 1 Dukes Mews, W1 - the number of claws of the dragon is indicative of its status
A dragon on a saucer found in the site on 9-11 Duke Street, 1 Dukes Mews, W1 – the number of claws of the dragon is indicative of its status
An ox on a teabowl found on the site at 60 Church Road, Leyton, E10
A deer on a teabowl found on the site at Bankside 4, Holland Street, Hopton Street, SE1
A deer on a teabowl found on the site at Bankside 4, Holland Street, Hopton Street, SE1

-Roshni

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