Guangxu bowl, flower bulb decor
L 15.5 cm W 15.5 cm H 7 cm
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So-called “balls” decor emerged during the Yongzhen Imperial period, hand-painted with a doucai enamel of underglaze blue and overglaze enamels of red, green, yellow and aubergine. This combination continued into the 1800s and has been produced again in the late 20th and up to the present day (the latter are copies as they have Yongzheng, Qianlong or Daoguang marks). By the Late Qing period, a new set of “flower balls” begins to appear. These include circular medallion representations of roosters, peaches, plants, diamonds and other new shapes. Examples of this new addition of flower bulbs usually have a white background and are often mixed with ‘a hundred antique’ elements. A relatively common group are the foot dishes and dishes of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Most have an interesting variety of stamped or handwritten Tongzhi characters, but other characters appear – some may be of the period (Tongzhi), but most are probably late Guangxu to early Republic. † In this group, the subject matter of the balls becomes even more varied with grapes, stylized waves, bats and clouds, natural lotus flowers, gourds, pomegranates and all sorts of intricacies. One of the most common flower ball combinations shows a combination of a multicolored keyfret frieze on a white background with a series of brightly colored balls below. The quality varies quite a bit, and the Guangxu 6 character kaishu characters are either stamped or handwritten by a very unique and different calligraphic hand. handwritten are mark & period, and the cancels are mostly Republic period. Stamped Qianlong dishes are also from the Republic period or early PROC. On display is a beautiful, virtually intact Chinese porcelain foot bowl. On a hexagonal base ring that extends inwards into a fairly high base, the six walls of the corpus start at an acute angle, covered with a white glaze. out-turned edge. The base has a light blue background with a curl pattern. At the top of the corpus we see a frieze in turquoise with a winding floral motif. The rim is left white, with a very well preserved gold colored lip. The balls are all hand painted on the white ground layer of the corpus. Some balls overlap. The coloring with different enamel colors is very diverse. For example, we see balls with radially extending bands, with geometric motifs, with pomegranate, with peach, one with black dots, floral motifs in all kinds of ways, etc. The inside and center of the bottom have a turquoise glaze. In the center at the bottom we see a faint mark stamped in red. It is a Guangxunianzhi stamp. This bowl dates from the Qing dynasty, Guangxu imperial period, late 19th or early 20th century.
Condition: some enamel colors are somewhat faded, internal glaze slightly worn, otherwise very good condition.