Height: 3 3/8 in (8.6 cm)
Diameter: 7 1/8 in (18.1 cm)
A large opaque green glass bowl resting on a small ring foot, the flared walls decorated with boys at play in gold and silver applied to a red lacquer ground and with details in black lacquer.
“Boys at play” was a popular subject in Chinese art during the Ming and Qing dynasty. This design is associated with the wish for many sons, “who will pass the civil examinations with high honors.” See Bartholomew (2006), 3.4.
Provenance: acquired in Washington DC in the late 1980’s
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 29
(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.)