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Bowl; hard-paste porcelain; moulded; octagonal; with flared rim; painted in colours and gilded in Japanese (Kakiemon) style; on the outer surface are four panels containing rocks, flower sprays, tropical birds, dragonflies and butterflies alternating with panels of plain turquoise ground, in one of which is a dragonfly in purple; inside the rim is a floral scroll border painted in red; in the centre of the bowl is a flower spray and four small scattered sprays around the sides; marked.
- Production date
- 1735 (circa)
Diameter: 25.80 centimetres
Height: 10.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The number on the base painted in black is the inventory number of the Hofkonditorei at the Japanese Palace, Dresden. The entry in the inventory for N=480 W (see Boltz, 1996, p. 65) records 'Sechzehen Stück 8 eckichte detto [i.e. grosse gemuschelte Spühl Näpfe] mit breiten überschlagenen Rande 41/2 zollhoch 10 zoll in Diam.' (Sixteen pieces of 8 square detto [large muffled? rinsing basins] with wide rimmed edge 41/2 inches high 10 inches in diam) This pale turquoise-green ground colour was developed by Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1696-1775) in 1725. Vessels made at Meissen with this ground colour, described as 'Celadon' or 'Seladon', were used to decorate the second room of the upper floor in the Japanese Palace. The rooms in the Japanese Palace in Dresden were each furnished in a different colour, with porcelain decorated to match the walls (see J L Sponsel, Kabinettstucke der Meissner Porzellan-Manuaktur von J J Kandler, 1900, p. 31).
Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
The bowl follows a popular Japanese octagonal shape. Four sides bearing enamelled decoration in the Kakiemon style alternate with four in plain light turquoise: the first painted panel, which is repeated by the third, shows flowers growing by purple rocks with a praying mantis and a butterfly, the second, a long-tailed bird perched on a flowering magnolia and the fourth, a flowering and fruiting tree; all are outlined in gilt. Inside are a similar flowering tree, four flower sprays and a red foliage-scroll border.
The turquoise ground was known at the Meissen factory as 'seladon' or 'seegrüner fond'.
- On display (G46/dc16)
- Chip to rim; bowl repaired.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Dresden Collection of Frederick Augustus I and II, successive Electors of Saxony, also known as Augustus II and III, Kings of Poland.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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