Lidded Bowl

1821-1850 (made)
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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 145
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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.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Bowl
  • Lid
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels
Brief Description
Cer, China, Qing, f.rose; Tea coffee



Cer, China, Qing, f.rose
Physical Description
Footed bowl with straight everted sides fitted with a shallow, narrowly footed lid; decoration of insects, leaves and seed pods
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.7cm
  • Diameter: 10.7cm
Styles
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
440&A-1872

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record createdSeptember 15, 2005
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