Description & Technical information

This unusual white bowl, is decorated on the outside with an incised and coloured decoration, of aubergine prunus branches with yellow blossom and green leaves. The inside of the bowl has a single aubergine coloured lingzhi fungus, with two green blades of grass. The underside has a double ring with a square shop mark in cobalt blue.

Bowls of this type are made of thinly glazed biscuit porcelain, with incised decoration and coloured in a limited palette. This group of wares are generically described as Brinjal bowls. The earliest known bowls of this type, are dated to the early transitional period (1620’s). But production continued for several decades well into the Kangxi period (second half of the 17th century). These bowls either have a conical shape, or as in this case, a more rounded shape with a flaring upper rim. Brinjal bowls are known with green or yellow ground, but also more rarely with brown or white ground. The name Brinjal derives from an old Anglo-Indian word for aubergine, and may have been adopted because of the aubergine-brown colour employed in the decoration.

A bowl in the same colour palette is depicted in the Eumorfopolous Collection Catalogue (nr. D197) and another is in the Gulexuan Collection, Germany.

Date:  1662-1722
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain, Enamel
Dimensions: 19 cm (7¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Private Collection, The Netherlands
Literature: • John Ayres, The Chinese Porcelain Collection of Marie Vergottis, Lausanne, 2004, pl.106

• Terese T. Bartholomew Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, San Francisco, 2006

• R.L. Hobson, The Eumorfopoulos Collection. Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery & Porcelain, London, 1925 -1928, nr. D197, pl. XLVII

• Christiaan J.A Jörg, Oriental Porcelain, a Choice from the Boymans–van Beuningen Museum Collection, Rotterdam, 1995, pl.6

• Regina Krahl & Clarissa von Spee, Chinese Ceramics from the Gulexuan Collection, Germany, 2003, nr.92

• Stephen Little, Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period 1620-1683, Exhibition Catalogue China Institute in America, New York, 1984, p.43 nr. 6

• Manuele Scagliola, Nera Laura (coll.Rose Kerr & Luisa Mengoni), East Asian Ceramic: The Laura Collection, Turin, 2012, p. 241, pl.239

• Luisa Vinhais & Jorge Welsh, Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, London, 2012, p.78 nr. 8

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art