Pair of Bowls
The imperial porcelain factories of Jingdezhen experimented with a wide range of colors in the early Qing Dynasty. Transparent enamels, including the dark yellow seen here, were applied either directly on the unglazed porcelain body or over a fired porcelain with a thin, clear glaze. The colors are very fluid and during firing they fill the fine lines that have been carved into the porcelain. Qing court regulation specified all-over yellow vessels for the use at the emperor, empress, and empress dowager, but actual practice was not as rigid as the regulations suggest.
Porcelain with monochrome glaze
height: 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm); diameter: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
each, excluding stands: 1/8 in. (0.3 cm) (show scale)
6-character standard script inscription, written in cobalt-blue underglaze: "Made during the Yongzheng reign of the great Qing."
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Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders
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Pair of Bowls, 1722-1735. Porcelain with monochrome glaze, height: 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm); diameter: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders, 78.146.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.146.2_bw.jpg)
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Everted mouth; curved belly that gradually contracts down; circular foot. Monochrome glaze. Incised interlocking floral and grass sprays on interior and exterior of vessel. 6-character standard script inscription, written in cobalt-blue underglaze: "Made during the Yongzheng reign of the great Qing." Low-temperature yellow glaze on interior and exterior (iron produces the color). Clear glaze on bottom of base. Imperial ware (object used in palace).
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