Subject:Re: Porcelain "transparency" Chinese bowl
Posted By: Roger D Fri, Mar 23, 2012
Phil's bowl does not have red, green or yellow, so those colors are not a factor. I do not doubt however, that the vase you illustrate is a modern decorative piece.
It appears that the only color on Phil's piece is blue, and that color has been available on Anhua since 1732.
"It is noteworthy that the palace archives record that the Yongzheng emperor made specific reference to the merit of these new porcelains with blue enamel landscapes on two occasions in 1732.
'The twenty-eighth day of the tenth month, 1732 The enamel landscape in blue is quite well done. Give ten taels of silver in reward for the enamel paintings done by Tsou Wen-yu.' (11)
The teacups and winecups with landscape decoration in blue are all quite fine, paint more of these.'(12)
The fourth day of the second month, 1724, Prince Yin-hsiang handed over five white egg shell wine cups, two of which had a veiled d/aecor [anhua] of dragons on the interiors. Obey the order to decorate them with enamel. By Imperial Command. On the twenty-third day of the second month, two pieces were broken during the firing process; the supervising eunuch informed Prince Yin-hsiang of this matter. Under order from the Prince, the remaining three pieces should be fired with the utmost caution. By Imperial Command. On the eighteenth day of the fifth month, the Prince presented three white porcelain wine cups with enamel decor' (3)
(3) National Palace Museum, Special Exhibition of Ch'ing Dynasty Enamelled Porcelains of the Imperial Ateliers, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1992, p. 13.
(11) National Palace Museum, op. cit., p. 16.
(12) National Palace Museum, op. cit., p. 16-7.
Without actually examining Phil's bowl, I am asuming that it is of the same high quality porcelain and workmanship as mine. While I do not have any "published examples from a reputable source," I am comfortable with the judgment by reputable collectors who have handled and examined my bowls.