Kangxi 1662 – 1722, Blue and White Chinese Export Porcelain Bowl.
A Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Bowl c.1690-1710. The Deep Sided Bowl Moulded with A Row of Continuous Lotus Shaped Petal to the Lower Section, these are Painted with Flowering Lotus. The Upper Part of the Bowl with am Indented Shaped and barbed Rim is Decorated with Vignettes Containing Elegant Ladies or `Long Eliza` (Lange Lyzen) in Garden Landscapes Set Against a Diaper Ground. The Well of the Bowl with Two Boys. The Base with an Apocryphal Chenghua Mark (Ming Dynasty 1468-1497).
Apocryphal Marks on Kangxi Porcelain :
Apocryphal marks are frequently encountered on Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain, the mark of the Ming Emperor Chenghua who reigned from 1465 to 1487 being by far the most common, other Ming marks include Jiajing (1522-1566) and less frequently Wanli (1573-1620). These marks were not added to the piece to deceive, but more as a sign of reverence to earlier potters of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Occasionally they are used on pieces copying Ming Porcelain, these objects were probably made for collectors who could not afford the Ming original.
The lotus is one of the most important symbols in the Chinese art. This Buddhist emblem is a symbol of purity, as the perfect flower grows out of muddy ponds without a stain. The words for lotus in Chinese has the same meaning as to bind, connect (in marriage). It is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. It is the flower used to represent summer.
One small glaze frit to rim, the bowl is slightly warped.
Diameter : 15 cm (6 inches)
Estate of Merle Alling (1897-1981), Rochester, Monroe County, New York State, U.S.A. The Alling Coverlet Museum was established in 1976 by Historic Palmyra, Inc. to house the coverlet collection of Merle Alling.