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This bowl is a rare and very finely-potted presentation bowl that would have been offered to the recipient to celebrate an auspicious occasion. It is simultaneously simple and very complex in its design and meanings. Overall it gives the impression of purity, being predominantly white and moulded in the form of a lotus blossom. On the exterior, the white porcelain is covered overall with a sgraffiato design of waves - again, the cleansing power of water. In addition, it has skillfully painted and detailed images in falangcai (famille rose) enamels of He Xiangu, the female immortal, with a lotus blossom in one hand and a fly whisk in the other, riding a giant salamander; of the heavenly palace in the sky surrounded with multi-coloured clouds; and of storks, which, as Eberhard tells us, are symbolic of immortality in Chinese culture. The rim still has most of its original gilding. I haven’t seen another bowl from this period with such auspicious symbolism integrated into its design.
Diameter: 18 cm; Height: 6.5 cm.
Condition: Very good with slight wear and rubbing to the gilding; two small glaze flakes to the exterior just below the rim, which could be very easily restored.
Ex Anthony J. Allen