CATALOGUE NUMBERS 1406 & 1406A
PAIR OF AUBERGINE BOWLS
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722) WITH MARK
Diameter: 5 inches
Vermeer & Griggs Asian Art, Los Angeles, 2002
J.J. Lally and Co., New York
Private Collection, Santa Barbara
Pair of hemispherical shaped bowls supported on a high foot covered inside and out in a dark aubergine glaze. The foot rim bearing three spur marks. Porcelains covered in an aubergine glaze where generally fired on small supports under the footrims. Due to the presence of manganese in the glaze, which gives the purple color, the glaze would run down and under the foot covering the footrim. If it were not placed on supports the piece would be fused to the kiln floor. The reign mark and period of Kangxi appears between two concentric rings in underglaze blue under a clear glaze.
Identical bowl pictured in "The Museum of East Asian Art Inaugural Exhibition," Volume 1, p. 242, plate 191.