Bowl, Pair of bowls
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.
Place where the work was made
Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
'Shining' porcelain, with delicate overglaze enamel colours including blue
6.3 x 13.1 cm
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980
Referenced in 2 publications
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.).