Example 92: Chinese and French bowl, unknown artists

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • decorative arts • ceramics • European art • Asian art
*Work Type [link]: • bowl (vessel)
*Title: Lidded Bowl
*Creator Display: unknown Chinese, with French mounts
*Extent [cont.]: bowl Role [link]: ceramicist [link]: unknown Chinese
*Extent [cont.]: mounts Role [link]: silversmith [link]: unknown French
*Creation Date: bowl: 1662-1722; mounts: ca. 1722-1727 [controlled]: Qualifier: bowl • Earliest: 1662 • Latest: 1722 | Qualifier: mounts • Earliest: 1717 • Latest: 1732
*Subject [links]: • bowl • flowers
Culture [link]: • Chinese • French
*Current Location [link]: J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, United States) • ID: 87.DI.4
*Measurements: 20.32 cm (height) ( 8 inches); 24.89 (diameter) (9 7/8 inches)
[controlled] Value: 20.32 Unit: cm Type: height | Value: 24.89 Unit: cm Type: diameter
*Materials and Techniques: hard paste porcelain, enamel and gilding; silver mounts
Material [links]: • hard paste porcelain • enamel • silver • gold
Description: The European practice of decorating precious, exotic objects with gilt bronze or silver mounts dates back to the late Middle Ages. These mounts were a tribute not only to the beauty of the material but also to its extreme rarity. By the mid-1600s, when Europeans began to import larger quantities of Asian works of art, they continued to mount Chinese and Japanese porcelain in precious or semi-precious metals to emphasize their unusual colors and design. Remarkably, this Chinese porcelain lidded bowl with delicate painted pink flowers has silver mounts, rather than the more common gilt bronze. The French usually matched silver with Japanese Imari porcelains rather than with Chinese pieces.
Description Source [link]: J. Paul Getty Museum online. www.getty.edu (accessed 27 June 2007)

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