Subject:Giant Foo Dog Bowl - is this Kangxi Revival?
Posted By: JLim Sun, Nov 12, 2017 IP: 184.108.40.206
A recent acquisition of mine has been this very large (33cm diameter) bowl featuring a foo dog. The whole design is heavily reminiscent of Kangxi era blue and white, including the following features:
- the design of the foo dog, with its anxious expression, curls of mane-hair, and especially its white paw-tips, which can be seen on several Transitional porcelains
- the peonies surrounding the foo dog, including the use of washes of colour in the petals themselves
- the soya sauce rim to prevent fritting.
However, I have come to the conclusion that this object is more likely to be Kangxi Revival (late 19th century) rather than Kangxi for the following reasons:
-although the design resembles Transitional era porcelains, there is something relatively stodgy in the design - for example, the way the peonies are filled in with a relatively dull wash that neatly goes to the lines - a Kangxi paintjob I would expect to have been more dynamic and sketchy
-the foot-rim, although presenting relatively white well-levigated porcelain, is very rounded and solid. I am not at all sure, however, that really large soup bowls from the Kangxi era would not have had a similar stout footrim, just from a practicality standpoint?
I hope someone will be able to comment on the probable dating of this object, especially its solid footrim. Further pictures will follow shortly.