Sold Ceramics - Sold Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730 - Flowers, Animals and Long Elizas - Page 1
Height 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter of rim 231 mm (9.09 inch), diameter of footring 125 mm (4.92 inch), weight 377 grams (13.30 ounce (oz.))
Dish on footring, flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red, silver (oxidised) and gold with a flowering peony and fruiting pomegranate spay, the sides are undecorated. Round the rim flowerheads with a cracked-ice motif in gold on an oxidised silver ground. The reverse is undecorated.
The Silvering technique appeared around 1700. When new (or polished), silver oxide brought another highly distinctive addition to the colour palette. It was used most frequently for armorials. Its tendency to tarnish and the difficulty of maintaining the thin layer of silver caused its use to wane by mid-century. (Sargent 2012, p.238)
The cracked-ice background was one of the new decorating methods in the Kangxi period: leaving certain decorative elements white on a blue background. Nowadays there is a preference for replacing the term 'cracked-ice' by 'erratic paths', after the paths of that name in Chinese gardens, as depicted on paintings and block printing from which this motif may derive. (Hartog 1990, p.149)
Condition: Some fleabites and a frit to the reverse rim.