An attractive Chinese export deep bowl with Dutch (Amsterdams Bont) added enamelled decoration dating from the Kangxi period. When imported the bowl was simply decoraed with underglaze blue precious objects. The Dutch decorators then added overglaze iron red, green and black enamels and gilding to convert the bowl to the more valuable Imari style. The outside has male figures in European dress, an female figures in Oriental dress separated by diaper decoaration and flower heads. The inside of the bowl has three leaping deer and flower sprays added with a central basket of flowers. Diameter of bowl 11.4cm (4.5”)
From the collection of Helen Espir, author of the most comprehensive publication on European Decorated Chinese porcelain, and with her collection label. Label for London specialists R and G McPherson.
The bowl Kangxi period c 1700-1722, the enamels added at the same period.
This bowl has two tight and consolidated hairlines from the rim. These are pointed out in the images, but are very difficult to see from the outside of the bowl (one may indeed not go through the body but lie only in the glaze of the interior). No other damage. The Dutch gilding has rubbed substantially away in many places. The other enamels are in good condition as can be appreciated from the photographs with just a little wear to the central basket inside the bowl.