H: 5 in. (12.7 cm.) Diam: 9 in. (22.9 cm.) Diam. with handles: 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Rogers Fund, 1944
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
The sinuous painting on this fine blue-and-white bowl is in keeping with porcelain made for the domestic market in China and is unlike the coarser wares that later were made specifically for export. The gilt-silver mounts, which show the influence of Antwerp design, have finely stamped and cast motifs that refer to the ornament of classical architecture.
Marking: Marks on silver: (on band above foot, stamped) three trefoils voided within a shaped shield (maker's mark) Marks on porcelain: (outside on bottom, within double circle, in underglaze blue): six characters of the Wan Li period
thought to have belonged to William Cecil, Lord Burghley , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; possibly bequeathed to Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; possibly Sir Walter Raleigh (recently suggested, however, that bequeathed instead by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1597 to Lord Burghley's younger son Robert, 1563–1612); possibly Robert Cecil , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; William Alleyne Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Exeter , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England (until 1888; Exeter sale, Christie's, London, June 7–8, 1888, lot 258; sold to Agnew); William Agnew (from 1888) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York ; J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (until 1944; sold by estate to MMA)
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551