Lot n° 37
300 - 500
CHINE POUR LE VIETNAM PÉRIODE GUANGXU (1875 - 1908)
Blue-white porcelain bowl with floral decoration, the edge underlined by a frieze of flowers.
Guangxu mark on the base.
H. 7,3 cm - D. 17,2 cm
(Chipping and small bubbles bursting at the edge)
As early as 1216, the Chinese authorities adopted a text encouraging the export of porcelain outside the territory of the Middle Kingdom. The Muslim world was one of the first beneficiaries. In the 18th century, the influential Trinh family, which gave several generations of mandarins to the Vietnamese court of the Le dynasty, took a liking to these Chinese porcelains, which differed from rustic local productions by their technical perfection. Indeed, nothing equals the whiteness of the Chinese porcelain paste, obtained from kaolin, and the brightness of their cobalt blue enamel of Persian origin. Designed and decorated according to models provided by Vietnamese artists, the "Hue blue" porcelains illustrate the synthesis that took place between the Chinese ceramic workshops and the cultivated elite of Vietnam. Indeed, the shape and decoration of these vessels have no equivalent in China. The two exceptional bowls used at the court of Thiêu Tri (1841 - 1847) (lots 56 and 57) bear witness to this. Their profile, with a notched wall that flares out at the opening to form a wing, is completely new, while their carp-dragon decoration profoundly renews an iconography that has enjoyed considerable critical acclaim in China.
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