A large covered imperial bowl with fencai enamel decoration ("Famille rose") of five-claw imperial dragons chasing the flaming pearl and phoenixes among the clouds, Guangxu ( 1874-1908) iron red 6 characters mark on the bowl and the lid and of the period.
This type of covered bowl was used for keeping soup hot and conveniently drinking and was part of the tableware used on a daily basis by the members of the Palace of the Emperor Guangxu, by the prince himself and all his family. It may seem surprising that imperial articles could have had such a trivial function, but this was often the case for all receptacles (bowls, cups, covered bowls), while vases alone had a truly decorative, relative or limited however, use, as almost all were used to receive flowers.
In this example, we can notice the very great finesse of the walls, which explains why a small number of these items have reached us when produced by full services, the lively painting of ferocious and playfull dragons, a characteristic of good imperial pieces, the precision and the detail of the enamels which are luminous, well separated and in light relief, even for secondary elements like the clouds and the flaming pearl, in short, everything here moves and breathes life on a surface however small : so many elements that are usually found on porcelain wares made for the Qing Palace during the reign of Guangxu.
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