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Lidded bowl

Lidded bowl

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)
    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1821-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 38, shelf 2 []

The predominant colour of this lidded bowls is pink. This inspired the French art historian Albert Jacquemart (1808-1875) to coin the term 'famille rose' (pink family) to describe Chinese porcelain of such a colour scheme. The 'famille rose' palette is best suited to flowers, birds and insects, as exemplified on this bowl.

The lidded bowl was a clever idea to dispense with the teapot, since tea could be brewed in the bowl and then drunk straight from it. Lidded bowls - though not of fine porcelain as here - were widely used in tea-houses in China. Waiters would continually refill the bowls with boiling water, and customers could linger for an entire morning.

Physical description

Footed bowl with straight everted sides fitted with a shallow, narrowly footed lid; decoration of insects, leaves and seed pods

Place of Origin

China (made)
Jingdezhen (made)


1821-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels


Height: 5.7 cm, Diameter: 10.7 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Qing, f.rose; Tea coffee

Cer, China, Qing, f.rose




Glazed; Enamelled

Subjects depicted

Butterflies; Insects


Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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