Chinese Porcelains in European Mounts (October 22, 1980 to January 25, 1981)
- China House Gallery, China Institute in America, (New York), October 22, 1980 to January 25, 1981
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Mounted Lidded Bowl
porcelain about 1720; mounts about 1745 - 1749
Hard-paste porcelain; colored enamel decoration; gilt bronze mounts
40 x 38.1 cm (15 3/4 x 15 in.)
A Parisian craftsman took two Chinese bowls, inverting one to create a lid, and set them with gilt bronze
The soft gray-green color of the glaze on this bowl is known as celadon. The name is probably a corruption of Saladin (Salah-ed-din), Sultan of Egypt, who sent forty pieces of ceramics decorated with this glaze to the Sultan of Damascus in 1171. Alternatively, some scholars think the name was taken from the gray-green costume of Céladon, a character in a French play of the 1600s.
Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), p. 43, no. 57.
Watson, Francis. Chinese Porcelains in European Mounts (New York, 1980), p. 42, no. 19.