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Mounted bowl with figural decoration

Chinese porcelain, French mounts
Chongzhen period
Porcelain: 1628–44, mounts: early 18th century


Overall: 14.4 x 22 x 19 cm (5 11/16 x 8 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Porcelain, Jingdezhen ware early transitional blue-and-white ware; decoration in underglaze cobalt blue, with later (probably European) additions of overglaze red and green enamels and gilding; gilt-bronze mounts

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Asia, Europe



One of Two with 65.2259. The porcelain bowls have rounded walls that rise steeply from a circular foot and curve inward at the mount. The decorative scheme, painted primarily in underglaze blue cobalt enamel, features military figures in mountainous landscapes bordered by ribbonlike clouds. A general stands in front of a lakeside balustrade addressing a lady while his attendant discreetly waits nearby. To the right, two soldiers guard the general’s tent as a groom tethers his piebald horse; to the left, various flowers and a banana tree lead to a soaring, cloud-enveloped precipice that completes the composition. The rims of the bowls have been ground down and the footrings chiseled away, to accommodate the gilt-bronze mounts. The bowls are fitted with a stepped gilt-bronze base with a gadrooned band. Rising from the base are two openwork straps each decorated with two dolphin handles beneath a shaped loop handle. A collar with punched decoration encircles the rims.


By 1952, Georges de Batz and Co., New York; February 13, 1952, Georges de Batz sold to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection