|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 a heron and other fauna 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.]