A Chinese “brinjal” bowl decorated with famille verte enamels on the biscuit. Kangxi period

Bowl with rounded sides and a wide flaring rim, standing on a short, straight foot ring. The exterior incised with a repeating pattern of flowering branches painted in green and yellow enamels and a clear glaze, on an aubergine-brown enamel ground. A small lingzhi fungus is incised in the centre of the interior. The recessed base has a mark in the centren surrounded by a double circle in underglaze cobalt blue.

Period :
Kangxi (1662-1722)
7.48 in. (19 cm)
Reference :

Related works

A very similar bowl is illustrated by Luisa Vinhais and Jorge Welsh in Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, Jorge Welsh Books, London and Lisbon, October, 2012, pp. 76/77, no. 7.

Another boxl is illustrated by He Li in Chinese Ceramics. The New Standard Guide, London, 1996, p. 297, pl. 619.


The present bowl belongs to a group of bowls with several different shapes, usually generically describes as “Brinjal” bowls. Most of these bowls have a shop or maker’s mark in underglaze blue on the base, with appears frequently on export wares from the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) onwards. By reference to a single yellow-ground example with a Tianqi reign mark (1621-1627) in the Avery Brundage Collection, historian Stephen Little asserts that the whole group might be dated to the earlier Transitional period.

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