Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai deep bowl painted with four circular medallions with birds and insects amongst flowering plants including peony, prunus, pink, daisy, tree peony and bamboo, all on a moulded ‘reticulated’ ground with fretwork, gently inset with pale green glaze, above a lappet band, the interior glazed white, the base with a six-character mark of Chenghua within a double ring in underglaze blue.

7 1/2 inches, 19 cm diameter.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.


Overall excellent condition with no chips or cracks, a short firing flaw to foot.

Provenance & Additional Information

• Sold by Matthias Komor, New York.
• From the collection of Paul and Helen Bernat.
• Sold by Christie’s New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 2nd June 1994, lot 354, p. 196 (pair).
• From the collection of Jeffrey P. Stamen, The Jie Rui Tang Collection, collection no. 1180.
• Illustrated by Jeffrey P. Stamen, Cynthia Volk and Yibin Ni in A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, no. 57, p. 148 (pair), where the authors note, “A similar bowl is in the Walter’s Art Museum, Baltimore”, illustrated by Stephen W. Bushell in Oriental Ceramic Art, fig. 105.
• A brush pot in the Qing Court Collection with a similar ‘reticulated’ ground is illustrated by Wang Liying in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, vol. 38, no. 147, p. 161, where the author notes that this ‘reticulated’ decoration is not common on Kangxi famille verte, wucai porcelain; another also painted with particularly high-quality panels, is illustrated by Sam Marsh in Brush Pots, A Collector’s View, the Ashfield Collection, PB 23, pp. 252/3.