Chinese Imari 1700-1800
Height 79 mm (3.11 inch), diameter of rim 194 mm (7.64 inch), diameter of footring 70 mm (2.76 inch), weight 427 grams (15.06 ounce (oz.))
Bowl or klapmuts on footring with a spreading flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with on the outside a continuous scene with pagodas and pine trees on a shore and a crenulated wall with a fortress, pine and cherry trees. On the outer rim florets between scrolls alternating with lozenge ornaments. On the inside the centre shows a river scape with a pagoda on a shore, a pine tree, rocks, plants, mountains, trees and clouds. On the sides a continuous scene with pagodas and pine trees on a shore and a crenulated wall with a fortress, pine and cherry trees. On the rim four reserves filled with flower heads and leaves alternating with flower heads flanked by leafy scrolls.
Bowls of this shape with a flat rim are traditionally called klapmuts in Dutch, comparing the shape with a cap with flaps. Rinaldi states that they were specially developed to meet a demand from European customers, who wanted to be able to rest their spoons in the bowl without damaging the edge. In fact, the form was already well-known, not as shallow bowls, but as late 15th-early 16th century large and fairly deep dishes in underglaze blue or as Song and early Ming celadon saucers and dishes. The klapmuts is just another variety in the gradual development of this type. (Rinaldi 1989, p.118), (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.60 & p.101)
The shape of this bowl (klapmuts) is unusual for its production time around 1720-1730.
The scene of houses and shrubbery near a river running before a crenulated wall is unusual in Chinese Imari ware. This type of decoration, with the brick wall and the pagoda is often referred to as the 'Chinese wall' while others think it is a Chinese fortress within walls. (Gordon 1977, p.47)
For identically decorated objects, please see:
- Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain, (E. Gordon, Universe Books, New York, 1977), p. 47, cat 31.
- Porzellan aus China und Japan. Die Porzellangalerie der Landgrafen von Hessen-Kassel, (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel, Berlin 1990), p.355, cat. 138.
Condition: Firing flaws to the base and inner footring, a fleabite to the rim and a frit and fleabites to the footring.
Price: € 749 - $ 828 - £ 644
(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)