Qianlong period, 1736–1795
Height: 5 ½ in (14 cm)
Width: 11 5/8 in (29.5 cm)
A massive transparent amber glass bowl with thick flaring walls, supported on a small foot ring, the base incised with a Qianlong nian zhi (made during the Qianlong period) four-character mark in seal script within a square.
The presence of numerous large bubbles is a very good indication of the dating of the bowl. It is quite a rare piece because of the technical difficulty for producing such a sizable bowl in the 1700s. It was not meant to be a cabinet piece, and it was most likely made to hold and display items like fruit, such as oranges, grapes, peaches or pomegranates. Looking back at the past twenty years, over three hundred pieces of Chinese glass have been exhibited in the United States, and no other bowl of comparable size could be found.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 13
(Hard cover catalogue, 64 glass artworks, 64 pp, full color illustrations, English text and Chinese captions. Catalogue available for purchase, $45 including domestic shipping, $55 international. The catalogue can also be viewed online in pdf format. Please contact us or visit our "exhibitions" page for more information.)