A Chinese ‘egg-and-spinach’ biscuit-enamelled bowl. Kangxi
Decorated on the biscuit with green, yellow and aubergine-purple enamels in a loose “egg-and-spinach” pattern the base glazed white and with an underglaze-blue seal mark.
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722)
- Porcelain (biscuit)
- 7.48 in. / 3.54 in. (19 cm / 9 cm)
- Reference :
Severals bowls from this group, with different glaze are illustrated by Luisa Vinhais and Jorge Welsh in Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, Jorge Welsh Books, London and Lisbon, October, 2012, pp. 67-73.
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.