A pair of Imperial Red-Ground Faience Enamel ‘Double Lotus’ Bowls, Kangxi Seal Mark

6 months ago

Lot No. :PYG-200123
Centuries of Style:Kangxi Emperor (1*) of Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
Feature:Two royal bowls, Faience, or falangcai enamel/Famille-Rose Enamel (2*).
Source:Private collection
1* The Kangxi Emperor (1654–1722), personal name Xuanye, was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty, the second Qing emperor to rule over that part of China, from 1661 to 1722. The Kangxi Emperor's reign of 61 years makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history (although his grandson, the Qianlong Emperor, had the longest period of de facto power) and one of the longest-reigning rulers in the world. The Kangxi Emperor is considered one of China's greatest emperors. The Kangxi Emperor's reign brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. He initiated the period known as the "Prosperous Era of Kangxi and Qianlong" or "High Qing", which lasted for several generations after his death. His court also accomplished such literary feats as the compilation of the Kangxi Dictionary. China's famed blue and white porcelain probably reached its zenith during the Kangxi Emperor's reign.
2* Faience, or falangcai, commonly known as "Gu Yue Xuan" ‘foreign colours’, refers to porcelains painted in the imperial workshops of the Forbidden City in Beijing with enamels partly introduced from the West. It's porcelain that is painted with enamel color on the white ground porcelain that has been fired , and decorated, then fired again. Faience is the most refined and the most rare produced in all ancient Chinese porcelain categories, and it has been exclusive to the Qing court except for the small amount of rewards given to the Mongolian Prince and the Dalai Lama. Its beauty lies in the seductive European-influenced painting technique perfected by master craftsmen in the imperial workshops in Beijing. New enamel colours were introduced to the artisans, including the red, yellow and blue colours. In the early years of the Republic of China, it was hailed as 'the most beautiful and world-renowned'. The main collection institution of Faience porcelain is the National Palace Museum of Taiwan.


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