Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels
3 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (8.3 x 18.4 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879 (79.2.536)
The technique of painting porcelains over the glaze in the famille rose palette of opaque and semi-opaque enamels was perfected at the Jingdezhen kilns of Jiangxi Province in the eighteenth century, during the reign of the Qing-dynasty Yongzheng emperor (172335). By the nineteenth century, the rather delicate application of these early famille rose enamels to the ceramic canvas had given way to a much more aggressive treatment. Now the ornamental style reflects a horror vacui, and every bit of the surface is covered with boldly depicted motifs. This heavily potted bowl, with its scroll of exotic flowers painted in vibrant polychrome enamels against a bright yellow ground, is a striking example of overglaze enameled porcelains of the late Qing dynasty.