Object Place: Europe, Germany
12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration
Not On View
The tall bowl with a gently flared rim, a high, slightly contracted waist, and a rounded base rests on a tall foot ring. A puce ground extends from the top of the foot ring to the middle of the bowl’s waist and is bordered at top and bottom by a simple gilt band. Flowers painted in the Kakiemon style in iron-red, green, turquoise, and gold are disposed singly and in sprays on the white ground of the upper portion of the bowl. Three figural groups are painted on the puce ground: each group is set on a shaped plot of land painted in green and brown and is framed by flowers painted n the Kakiemon style in yellow, turquoise, blue, iron-red, and green. In one, a Chinese boy in a red robe and blue trousers raises a whip in one hand to strike one of two goats whose horns are locked in combat. Another group comprises two fighting Chinese boys: a pigtailed boy in an iron-red robe, yellow trousers, and black shoes grabs the hair of a boy who bends forward at the waist, arms outstretched, and who wears a brown robe, black trousers, and blue shoes; to the left of the two figures stands a blue pole, which is crossed near the top at a forty-five degree angle by a black stick. The remaining group depicts an exotic bird attacking a fantastic creature with a tiger-like body; the bird’s plumage is yellow, blue, turquoise, green, and iron-red; the fantastic animal is painted in a different shade of yellow with black markings; its eye, eyebrow, and tongue are iron-red. The interior of the bowl is undecorated, and an unglazed band around the interior rim indicates that it would have been fitted originally with a cover.
(1) on base, in underglaze blue: crossed swords
New York. 1960, Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.
Gift of Rita and Frits Markus