A VERY RARE GILT AND ANHUA-DECORATED GREEN-ENAMELLED ‘DEER AND PHOENIX’ BOWL
A VERY RARE GILT AND ANHUA-DECORATED GREEN-ENAMELLED ‘DEER AND PHOENIX’ BOWL
A VERY RARE GILT AND ANHUA-DECORATED GREEN-ENAMELLED ‘DEER AND PHOENIX’ BOWL
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A VERY RARE GILT AND ANHUA-DECORATED GREEN-ENAMELLED ‘DEER AND PHOENIX’ BOWL

JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

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A VERY RARE GILT AND ANHUA-DECORATED GREEN-ENAMELLED ‘DEER AND PHOENIX’ BOWL
JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
The exterior is covered with an iridescent green enamel with dark mottling, embellished with gilt depicting a pair of deer amidst butterflies, cranes and flowering trees, incised around the sides in anhua decoration with a pair of phoenix above petal lappets. The interior is left plain, the centre incised with a roundel enclosing a phoenix amidst clouds. The base is covered with clear glaze.
4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 8 April 2007, lot 738

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Lot Essay

The application of thin, lace-like gilding on a porcelain surface is sometimes known as the kinrande technique, a Japanese term which originally means textile with gold brocade. Kinrande porcelains were popular during the Jiajing period, featuring gilt decorations commonly applied on green, white, yellow, iron-red or dark-blue grounds. However, the combination of kinrande and anhua decorations as seen on the current bowl is extremely rare, and appears to be a novel design by the Imperial kilns during the Jiajing period.

Two kinrande bowls decorated with lotus scrolls on green-enamelled grounds are in the British Museum, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pls. 9:65 and 66. Both bowls lack the anhua decorations found on the present lot, and are inscribed on the bases with the mark changing fugue ‘long life, riches and honour’, unlike the Jiajing reign mark inscribed on the present lot.

Compare also to a Jiajing-marked bowl decorated with kinrande lotus scrolls on a white ground, sold at Christie’s London, 18 June 2002, lot 14; and a Jiajing-marked bowl with kinrande floral scrolls on a yellow ground, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1417.

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