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.
Perfect, very minor glaze degradation due to immersion in the sea.
Diameter : 9 cm (1/2 inches).
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.
A Private Collection.
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.
For further Transitional blue and white porcelain bowls of this type see our `Sold Items` 18720, 19923, 21974, 21974, 22015.
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.