Bowl

  • Porcelain with cobalt and iron pigments under clear glaze
  • 7 x 12.2 cm
  • 19th century, Qing dynasty
  • Origin: Fujian province, China
  • Provenance: Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.63

Description

Straight-sided bowl with painted and printed decoration in cobalt under glaze. Rim striped in iron under glaze. Ring cut on interior bottom, with iron wash.
Clay: ivory body with many brown and grey impurities, coarse and grainy.
Glaze: clear with bluish tinge, glossy.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 27 January 2006) The decoration on this bowl combines painting, using a wide, floppy brush, and printing to produce a foliate vinescroll motif. Ho Chuimei points out that "Minnan was easily the largest printed blue-and-white centre in China as far as pre-20th century cobalt-printed wares were concerned." She proposes that the printing was done with stencils cut out from parchment or oiled paper or with wooden or leather blocks (Ho 1988, 87). With regard to date for the start of use of this process, she notes that the technically related konnyaku printing process is known to have been used in Arita by the end of the 17th century (ibid., 88).

Ho Chuimei. 1988. Minnan Blue-and-white Wares—An archaeological survey of kiln sites of the 16th–19th centuries in southern Fujian, China. BAR International Series 428. Oxford: B.A.R (British Archaeological Reports).

2. (Louise Cort, 3 November 2011) According to Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, Southeast Asia Ceramics Museum, Bangkok, bowls like this were made at Shalinggang, Dabu, Mizhou, Guangdong province. Lots were recovered from the riverbed at Ayutthaya. They are known colloquially as "double-happiness bowls."


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