bowl

bowl

mid-late 1800s
Country
China
bowl
Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Gift in honor of Helen Jackson Stewart
2008.884
. bowl. mid-late 1800s. Porcelain with overglaze enamel. Gift in honor of Helen Jackson Stewart. 2008.884.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 5 in, 12.7000 cm; diameter: 11 1/2 in, 29.2100 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Punch Bowl
Mid-late 1800s, Qing dynasty
China
Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Gift in honor of Helen Jackson Stewart
2008.884

This fully painted punch bowl is an exquisite example of Chinese export porcelains made for European and American markets in the 1800s. The overglaze polychrome enamel painting is characteristic of guangcai, or “Guangzhou color,” a combination of traditional Chinese wucai (five color) and Western oil painting. The technique first appeared during Emperor Kangxi’s reign in the late 1600s and became very elaborate in the next century. By the 1800s, green, red, and gold had become the dominant colors. Scenes usually include birds, flowers, landscapes, and Chinese or European figures. This kind of porcelain continues to be produced today in Guangzhou.

Known Provenance
Provenance research is ongoing, and more information will be posted when it becomes available.

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