Mounted bowl with figural decoration

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


Dimensions

Overall: 14.4 x 21.3 x 18.7 cm (5 11/16 x 8 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

65.2259

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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Collections

Asia, Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

One of Two with 65.2258. 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 young man flees on horseback pursued by four foot-soldiers, some brandishing swords. 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.

Provenance

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