Subject:Re: 18th Century Cloisonne Painted Bowl?
Posted By: Doug and Moyra Sat, Oct 20, 2007
You have a nice quality piece of Chinese cloisonne, and yes it may have come with a lid. As for dating, we would be inclined to date it early to mid 20th C. The cloud diaper pattern was a 19th and 20th C style not found before Jiaqing. The older (19th C) cloud diapers tended to be large and stylized similar to carved lacquer, and as time went on the clouds became smaller and more symmetrical. The clouds on your piece are slightly larger than those on modern Jingfa pieces indicating a little older - but not too much. The early 20th C pieces tend to have really heavy machined footrims, and as time progressed the footrims became thinner. Yours is fairly heavy. Generally older pieces develop a little patina on the copper and yours looks fairly new - but sometimes people polish these things so that is not an accurate way to date. The smooth dark blue counter-enamel is squarely 20th C - used right up to today. General enamel colors look first half 20th as well.
Our best guess, Republic period.
Doug & Moyra