Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)
Porcelain, overglaze polychrome enamels
H: 6. 4 cm, ø 12.5 cm, ø at base 4.9 cm
Paris, National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet
This bowl with rounded sides and a straight rim bears the Kangxi yuzhi mark, painted in blue enamel within a double square, on its base, floral scroll of three large, black-petalled passion flowers stands out on a bright yellow ground. Six smaller flowers in mauve, blue, and pink are intertwined in whirls. The painter has represented the purplish hue of the plant's tendrils and lent a personal touch to each flower by giving different colours to the details.
The influence of Western enamels-- which so fascinated Emperor Kangxi that he wanted falang enamels reproduced on metal and porcelain--is perceptible in the effects of modelling rendered through the gradation of colours. At this same period, floral motifs of alternating colours appeared which gave a pleasing rhythm to the compositions. The opaque colours were applied over an enamel ground, thus blending into it and taking on a creamy appearance which is enhanced by the porcelain.