Kangxi Reticulated Blue and White Plate

Kangxi 1662-1722

A Kangxi Blue and White Export Porcelain Reticulated Plate c.1690-1720. Objects of this type would have been much more expensive at the time they were made, it involved extra highly skilled work and there would have been more wastage as the cut decoration means they firing process would be more likely to fail. The center is decorated in rich tones of cobalt blue with aquatic plant in water, the border has three cut through panels leaving porcelain in the form of the emblem for wealth, cash. There are four painted panels of flowering plants and a diaper border. The reverse has four ‘Precious Objects’ tied with ribbon. The base has a snail mark. 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.

 

Condition
In very good condition, some fritting. Warped.
Size
21 cm (8 1/4 inches)
Provenance
N/A
Stock number
26554
References
For a Kangxi dish of this design in the Groningen Museum, Groningen, Netherlands see : `Linglong` (Jorge Welsh,London,2004.ISBN 972-99045-2-9) page 19, figure 3.
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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.