A somewhat rare large bowl for this period and
style of painting, enamels in the
famille rose palette
with large pink peony blooms and blue
chrysanthemum before mauve hollow rockwork,
the interior with a border of
hatched green diapering alternating with semi-flowerhead reserves;
a high footrim
A similarly decorated oval footed sauceboat is illustrated Bow Porcelain,
Gabszewicz & Freeman, p. 35, Pl, 25.
"Famille rose" enamels were “especially
favored for teawares
and surprisingly large number of the characteristically
small cups from these services survive.
The stylized peonies, foliage and
rockwork comprise a decorative resource which can,
so to speak, be expanded
to fill the space available...
Famille rose was rather less commonly used on
probably because the expansive qualities of the design consumed a
good deal of pigment.
It was sometimes used for miniatures...
rose decoration seems to have been used throughout the 1750’s
gave way to European-style flower painting.”
Bow Porcelain, Adams
& Redstone, p. 116.
Excellent for age, with some wear and speckling to the interior, a few areas of glass loss
to the white rim,
all very characteristic of early Bow; a small restored chip to
the inside of the rim.
(This bowl appeared to have rim staining upon arrival. We requested that it be steamed by our restorers,
and were pleasingly surprised to see the light stains were superficial and disappeared.)