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Wan with Bright European Enamels of "Pi shu shih nu"

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Wan with Bright European Enamels of "Pi shu shih nu"
The Art and Orchid Gallery's wan, or bowl, is a translucent porcelain piece of Decorative Art very finely hand painted in thick smooth enamels loved by the Europeans of the early 20th Century and which they still called Famille Rose (yang cai, or foreign colors by the Chinese).[92A, 16B] These enamels are very dark and bright compared to the soft faint rose enamels invented by A. Cassius and used close to 200 years before, and during, the Yongzheng Dynasty. However, the style of designs with uncluttered white glazed grounds is closer to the early Ch'ing porcelains than the 18th and 19th Century Rose Medallion, where every space of ground is covered with scroll, flowers, birds, etc.[48C, 201D] Even the monochrome turquoise interior is different than the more garish mottled turquoise the Chinese used as ground, probably up to the Tai Ping Rebellion(see 365AOG).[92E] The exterior is an unusually fine display of court ladies in summer garden scenes, playing in groups of four with games, instruments, books, etc. This is what S.W. Bushell calls "pi shu shih nu", or ladies in summer undress.[73F] A mark has been ground off the bottom. Our guess it was a commemorative Qian Long Reign mark, because of the same bright enamels we find on similar Chinese porcelains.[11G, 479AOG] We estimate the age as Chinese Republic with nearly flawless enameling and beautifully shaded court ladies' faces (see photos). There is a small foot rim which fits well in an old wooden base. The hardness is 7 (on Mohs scale). The ring is long and bright. It has a well wheel thrown look of 'fin de siecle'.[33H] References available upon request. Size without the Stand:~ 3 1/4" H x 8"; Weight: ~706 grams

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