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Collection

China

Title
Bowl, Pair of bowls
Place of origin
China
Period
Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
Year
1920s-1930s
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
'Shining' porcelain, with delicate overglaze enamel colours including blue
Dimensions

6.3 x 13.1 cm

Credit
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983
Accession number
220.1983.2
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.).

Exhibition history (1)

Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980