KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Chinese Export Porcelain

A Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Linglong Islamic Form Ewer and Cower c.1690-1710.


Condition: The ewer is in perfect condition. The rim of the cover has been sprayed, it appears to conceal rim chips.

Size: Height : 22 cm (8 1/2 inches)



Stock number: 24289

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.

References :
For a Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain ewer and cover of this form and design see : Fine Chinese Export Porcelain, Sotheby`s London November 18th 1980, lot 16.
For a pair Kangxi Porcelain ewer and covers of this form and blue and white decoration but with the central reticulated panels divided into two smaller ones see : Fine Chinese Export Porcelain, Sotheby`s London, 18th March 1980, lot 23.

Stock number: 24289.