Mid-late 1800s, Qing dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Gift in honor of Helen Jackson Stewart
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.
Some images in our online collection are at thumbnail size, in accordance with AAMD guidelines, because they are protected by copyright. The Denver Art Museum respects the rights of artists or their representatives who retain the copyright to their work. Other images represent the best photography available and should be used as reference images only. Please complete the Image Rights Request form if you want to request a high resolution image.