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Pair of Bowls

Asian Art

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.

MEDIUM Porcelain with monochrome glaze
  • Place Made: Jiangxi, China
  • DATES 1722-1735
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Yongzheng Period
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    INSCRIPTIONS 6-character standard script inscription, written in cobalt-blue underglaze: "Made during the Yongzheng reign of the great Qing."
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 78.146.2
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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). Condition: Intact.
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     <em>Pair of Bowls</em>, 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)