N° 130

Jiangxi, Jingdezhen
Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)
Porcelain, overglaze polychrome enamels
H : 7 cm, ø 15.5 cm, ø at base 6 cm
E. Grandidier Collection
Paris, National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet
(G 5249)

This fine porcelain bowl with slightly flared sides and rim bears the Kangxi yuzhi mark, painted in pink enamel within a double square, on its base.

Large pink, mauve, blue, and yellow-green peonies with supple stems stand out on the bright yellow ground. In painting the life-like petals and shading the leaves, the artist used the same methods of colour grading as those used in gongbi style painting. His talent enabled him to successfully create a truly academic style painting on porcelain. The vivid palette recalls the lavish contemporary silks.

The same refined style of decoration and careful rendering of every detail in the floral motifs is found in painted enamels on metal. One such small, Kangxi mark dish ornamented with peonies on a yellow ground is held by the C.P. Lin Collection presented in London.

Monique Crick