Small bowl with overglaze decoration

citation

Bowl, ovoidal with slightly everted lip; thin basal ring. Ivory stand. Clay: thin, translucent. Glaze: white. Decoration: Plum blossoms in reserve in a ground of raspberry-red enamel; details in black and yellow enamels. The base of the bowl bears a four-character overglaze blue enamel mark framed in a double-outlined square that read “Yongzheng nianzhi.”

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, 1723-1735
Medium
Porcelain with colorless glaze and overglaze enamel decoration and mark
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 5.3 x 10.2 cm (2 1/16 x 4 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1934.2a-g
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
China, Jingdezhen ware, plum blossom, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1934
Yamanaka and Company, New York. [1]

From 1934
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.

Description

Bowl, ovoidal with slightly everted lip; thin basal ring. Ivory stand. Clay: thin, translucent. Glaze: white. Decoration: Plum blossoms in reserve in a ground of raspberry-red enamel; details in black and yellow enamels. The base of the bowl bears a four-character overglaze blue enamel mark framed in a double-outlined square that read "Yongzheng nianzhi."

Marking(s)

4-character blue enamel mark over colorless glaze written inside double-outline square; reads "Yongzheng nianzhi."

Label

Plum blossoms, which symbolize beauty and resoluteness, are a popular motif on ceramics. The surface of this Qing-dynasty bowl from the Jingdezhen imperial kilns is covered with a dense design of plum blossoms, delineated in the "Outline" method. The blossoms sparkle against the ruby-colored background, providing an interesting comparison with the painting by Yansou.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Jan Stuart, Laurence Chi-Sing Tam. Joined Colors: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain : Ceramics from Collectors in the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong. Exh. cat. Washington and Hong Kong, 1993. p. 34, fig. 2.
  • Hai wai i chen (Chinese Art in Overseas Collections). Taipei, 1985. vol. 3, p. 191.
  • Toki Zenshu. 32 vols., Tokyo, 1957 - 1963. pl. 32.
  • Hugh M. Moss. By Imperial Command: An Introduction to Ch'ing Imperial Painted Enamels. 2 vols., Hong Kong. p. 75, pl. 56.
  • Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 16 vols, Tokyo, 1955-1958. pl. 79.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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