A good 19th Century bowl and cover finely painted in famille rose enamels with sectional decoration depicting historically famous people with associated poems. On the body is: Mu Lan (enlargement 1) the warrior heroine who joined the army disguised as a man to protect her elderly father from military service; and Dong Fang Man Qian (enlargement 3, also known as Dong Fang Shuo who was a famous poet and politician during the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). On the cover is An Jin Zang (enlargement 10), a Court Musician in Tang dynasty. Wu (the only Queen during the Tang) questioned the loyalty of Prince Li Dan so, to prove the Prince's innocence, An Jin Zang cut himself through the belly and pledged that he would cut out his own heart if the Queen maintained her suspicions. Also represented on the cover is Tao Gong (enlargement 7) a Daoist who, in pursuit of immortal life, mummified his own body. The bowl and cover carry the iron red reign mark of the Daoguang emperor (1821-1850). Condition - there is a light 2cm hairline to the cover (please see enlargement 9); no further damage and no restoration. 12cm (5.75inches) high; 11cm (4.3inches) diameter.
19世纪 粉彩无双谱盖碗 “大清道光年制”款