Unknown Artist

Bowl, Pair of bowls

Location
Not on display
Further information

The description of this class of ultra thin, glassy porcelains, 'Shining', was suggested by H.A.van Oort...[and] relates to the famous Jesuit brother and artist, Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining). The decoration on many includes a poem at the end of which are two seals in vermilion, 'shi' and 'ning'. Bowls were usually custom made in pairs, the decoration on one being an exact mirror image of the other, as in this example.
... It should also be noted that these bowls are invariably fired in the kiln set mouth down, as evidenced by the unglazed mouth rim (usually gilded) and the concave recessed base.

Hepburn Myrtle, 'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, p.48.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Republic 1912–1949
Year
1920s-1930s
Media
Ceramic
Medium
'Shining' porcelain, with delicate overglaze enamel colours including blue
Dimensions
6.3 x 13.1 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983
Accession number
220.1983.2