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Pair of Teabowls with Bamboo

A work made of porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels (doucai).
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  • A work made of porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels (doucai).

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng reign mark and period (1723–1735)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

These eggshell-thin bowls represent an exquisite example of the technique known as doucai (dovetailing or contending colors), in which underglaze-blue outlines are partly filled with overglaze enamel colors. Outlines of bamboo were painted in cobalt and covered with a transparent glaze before firing. The leaves were then colored with pale green, yellow, and red enamels, and the bowls refired at a lower temperature.

Bamboo, which remains green throughout the year and whose hollow stems bend without breaking, has traditionally been viewed in China as a poignant image of human resilience. The elegant depiction of nature on these teabowls was undoubtedly inspired by China’s long tradition of bamboo paintings on silk and paper.

Status

On View, Gallery 134

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Pair of Teabowls with Bamboo

Origin

China

Date

1723–1735

Medium

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels (doucai)

Dimensions

Each: h. 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.); diam. 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Henry C. Schwab

Reference Number

1941.551a-b

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