N° 127

Jiangxi, Jingdezhen
Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)
Porcelain, overglaze polychrome
H : 5.6 cm, ø10.5 cm, ø atbase 4.6 cm
E. Grandidier Collection
Paris, National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet
(G 5277)

This curved bowl with its flared rim bears the Kangxi yuzhi mark, traced in underglaze blue within a double square, on its base.

The decoration of wild flowers--poppies, lilies, camellias, asters, and others painted in a continuous circle around the body in bright, "famille verte" enamels--stands out on the coral red ground. The artist has used the white of the porcelain as a colour in his composition and partially coloured the motifs, which are underscored in red and black enamel. This composition of supple-stemmed flowers recalls the " Hundred Flowers" painting tradition, of which the Jin Yue scroll is one magnificent example reflecting palace tastes.

The style of these falang enamels, created for the first time during the Kangxi period and copied during the reigns that followed, was influenced by European enamels missionaries brought to the emperor. Produced at Jingdezhen, these pieces may have been enamelled in the Imperial Household Workshop at Beijing on the emperor's request. Similar pieces are conserved at the Shanghai Museum, the Tsui Museum of Art, and the Tianmilou Foundation.

Monique Crick