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image of Bowl Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
Bowl, 19th century
porcelain with famille jaune and famille rose enamels on the biscuit
overall: 7.1 x 15.2 cm (2 13/16 x 6 in.)
Harry G. Steele Collection, Gift of Grace C. Steele
1972.43.46
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 19 of 24

The exterior decoration is incised into the body and painted with famille rose enamels against a yellow background. Between the decorative borders are bats carrying double gourds in red, white, green, and aubergine enamels (the word for bat in Chinese is a homonym of the word for good fortune, fu). The green and yellow borders consist of stylized ruyi heads around the rim and lotus petals above the foot.

(Text by Stephen Little, published in the NGA Systematic Catalogue: Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets)

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