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Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1662-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in coloured enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1064-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 3, shelf 3

This bowl is painted in green, yellow, aubergine purple and white enamels. The palette is known as the 'austere three colours' due to the absence of red. The decoration consists of items from the 'babao' (Eight Precious) and 'bajixiang' (Eight Auspicious) groups. These include the pearl, books, picture, chime stone, artemisia leaf and conch shell. The painting is done in a rather careless manner but has a certain spontaneous charm.

Physical description

This bowl is painted on the biscuit in green, yellow, aubergine purple and white enamels. The palette is known as the 'austere three colours' due to the absence of red. The decoration consists of items from the babao (Eight Precious) and bajixiang (Eight Auspicious) groups, namely the pearl, books, picture, chime stone, artemisia leaf and conch shell. These, together with lotus and prunus, are painted in a rather careless manner over a ground of waves. The mark Liancheng qishi (rare stone worth several cities) written within a double circle in underglaze blue is on the base.

The way the waves are represented by concentric rings is inherited from earlier times, suggesting that this bowl dates to the early years of the Kangxi period. Liancheng qishi can be a commendatory mark, asserting that the bowl (here the word 'stone' is synonymous to 'pottery') is as valuable as several cities.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

ca. 1662-1680 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in coloured enamels

Marks and inscriptions

The mark Liancheng qishi (rare stone worth several cities) written within a double circle in underglaze blue is on the base.

Dimensions

Height: 6.1 cm, Diameter: 11.1 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Qing, f.verte

Materials

Porcelain; Enamel

Techniques

Painted

Categories

Food vessels & tableware; Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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