A Pair of Famille Verte Enameled Porcelain Bowls with Floral Reserves

Kangxi Period
Continental market
Circa 1700

Reference#: P2620

Diameter: 6 inches (15.24 cm.)

Each displaying on the exterior wall four scalloped reserves filled with flowering plants and garden rocks separated by flower heads on a green enamel ground and a pearl band below the rim drawn in iron red, the floor of the well centered with a floral round. The recessed base is centered with a ribboned lozenge mark within a double ring drawn in underglaze blue

Provenance: Estate of Gloria Lowengart, San Francisco

The present pair of dishes is representative of the type of wares that were specially made for export in the early years of the China trade. While the decoration is Chinese in style, the shape of the dishes was taken from an English or Continental silver form, with the molded rim simulating gadroons on the silver original. Famille verte dishes of this form can be found with a variety of central decorations, including Chinese figures on riverside pavilions. They were also produced in a rectangular shape as well.1

It appears that such dishes could have been exported to a variety of markets. Similarly decorated “famille verte” wares of a variety of silver forms were also being made at Delft and in Rouen faience, indicating a Dutch and French market for the Chinese versions.2 It is also interesting to note that dishes of the same shape, decorated in underglaze blue and painted with the arms of Talbot enclosed by Chinese motifs, were made for the English Talbot family at the outset of the eighteenth century.3

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