6.3 x 13.1 cm
The description of this class of ultra thin, glassy porcelains, 'Shining', was suggested by H.A.van Oort...[and] relates to the famous Jesuit brother and artist, Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining). The decoration on many includes a poem at the end of which are two seals in vermilion, 'shi' and 'ning'. Bowls were usually custom made in pairs, the decoration on one being an exact mirror image of the other, as in this example.
... It should also be noted that these bowls are invariably fired in the kiln set mouth down, as evidenced by the unglazed mouth rim (usually gilded) and the concave recessed base.
Hepburn Myrtle, 'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, p.48.
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 8, 48 (illus.). cat.no. 77
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 130 (colour illus.).
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980