|Daoguang Famille Rose Jardiniere (DFM071703)
Daoguang period, Qing dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels; Jingdezhen ware
Height: 36 cm (14 in)
Diameter: 40.5 cm (16 in)
Weight: 12.6 kg (27.8 LB)
From a Miami, Florida estate
A splendid and large mid-Qing Daoguang period jardiniere, sumptuously painted with famille rose enamels throughout and bearing a panoramic scene of mandarin ducks, heron, and grasshopper in an aquatic ecology rife with leafy lotus and other flora. Characteristic of famille rose pieces produced prior to 1850, the enamels have a fresh and vibrant quality that leans slightly towards the pastel shades. The painting workmanship is vigorous and full of movement; the aquatic plants seem to move with an unseen breeze. Jingdezhen porcelain decorated with continuous scenes against a simple white ground (as opposed to compositions reliant on patterned borders and cartouches) are celebrated for their painterly quality, and are typically associated with Chinese-taste porcelain made for the domestic market rather than those exported abroad. ‘Fauna in a Lotus Pond’is a popular theme seen on Jingdezhen enameled porcelain since the Kangxi period.
Please note that this piece is extremely heavy at 12.6 kg in weight.
Condition: In great antique condition. There are three small spots with slight enamel loss (on a lotus leaf, and on two lotus petals). The mouth rim has glaze imperfects caused by fretting. The interior is stained with mud. [Please examine all photos carefully; they are part of the condition report.]