An attractive small and deep Chinese export bowl, originally imported into Europe with underglaze blue decoration in the late Kangxi period c 1710 - 1720. On arrival in Europe the bowl was decorated, probably in London, with iron red enamels and gilding. The outside of the bowl is decorated with elegant Chinese women holding flower sprays, separated by exuberant panels of gilt and iron red. The inside of the bowl has a simple basket of flowers in the centre, and an attractive floral band around the rim. Diameter 9.7cm (3.8")
The porcelain Kangxi, the decoration c1710-1730
This bowl has one tight and unstained hairline from the rim and a tiny rim chip. As can be appreciated, the enamels and gilding are in very good condition. The bowl would once have had a lid, now lost.