Brinjal Bowl

Object nr. 491 China, early Kangxi period (1662-1722) Height: 9cm | Diameter: 19,2cm

Private Collection, The Netherlands

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€ 6,500

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Brinjal Bowl

This unusual white bowl is decorated on the outside with an incised and colour glaze decoration, of aubergine-brown prunus branches, with yellow blossom and green leaves. The inside of the bowl has a single aubergine coloured lingzhi fungus with two green blades of grass. The underside has a double ring with a square shop mark in cobalt blue.

Bowls of this type are made of thinly glazed biscuit porcelain,  with incised decoration and coloured glazes in a limited palette. This group of wares are generically described as Brinjal bowls. The earliest known bowls of this type, are dated to the early transitional period(1620’s).  But production continued for several decades until well into the Kangxi period (second half of the 17th century). These bowls either have a conical shape, or as in this case, a more rounded shape with a flaring upper rim. Brinjal bowls are known with green or yellow ground, but also  more rarely with brown or white ground. The name Brinjal derives from an old Anglo-Indian word for aubergine, and may have been adopted because of the aubergine-brown colour employed in the decoration.

 A bowl in the same colour palette is depicted in the Eumorfopolous Collection Catalogue (nr. D197) and another is in the Gulexuan Collection (Germany).

- Ayers 2004, pl.106

- Bartholomew 2006  , p.

- Hobson 1925- 1928, nr. D197, pl. XLVII

- Jörg 1995, pl.6

- Krahl & von Spee 2003,  nr 92

- Little 1984, p.43 nr. 6

- Scagliola 2012, p. 241, pl.239

- Vinhais & Welsh 2012, p.78 nr. 8

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