A Blue and White Transitional Linglong Porcelain Bowl from the Hatcher Cargo c.1643, Chongzhen 1628-1644 or Shunzhi 1644-1661. The Deep Sides are Cut Through to Leave a Reticulated `Cash` Design. The Circular Panels are Decorated with Landscapes, Some of Which are by Water. The Base is Unglazed.
Linglong / Reticulated Porcelain :
The present piece is an example of what can be referred to as `reticulated` porcelain, reticulated meaning having the form or appearance of a net, it was used as early the beginning of the 18th Century by the famous Père Francois Xavier d`Entrecolles (1664-1741) to describe this type of work on porcelain. Another popular term for this type of pierced or cut decoration is `Devils Work` or Guigong. However the Chinese term Linglong is gradually replacing the previous terms, helped by the publication of Jorge Welsh`s book `Linglong` (Jorge Welsh,London,2004.ISBN 972-99045-2-9). There does not seem to be any difference in the use of terms between the free standing pierced porcelain or that supported by an inner wall, nor a distinction made between the most refined work or the type with larger cut-out sections of porcelain.
Perfect with a very good glaze.
Diameter : 9 cm (3 1/2 inches)
Christie`s Amsterdam : Fine And Important Late Ming And Transitional Porcelain, Recently Recovered from an Asian Vessel in the South China Sea. Property of Captain Michael Hatcher. Christie`s Amsterdam 12th -13th June 1984. Label to base, not shown in the photograph.
A very similar Transitional Porcelain bowl is illustrated in : Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period 1620-1683 (China Institute in America, Stephen Little, 1983) page 72, plate 24.
Reticulated blue and white bowls of this design and size were recovered from the Hatcher Cargo, see : Fine And Important Late Ming And Transitional Porcelain, Recently Recovered from an Asian Vessel in the South China Sea. Property of Captain Michael Hatcher. Christie`s Amsterdam 14th March 1984. The catalogue shows one lot of reticulated blue and white porcelain bowls of this size, containing six items, lot 196.