An attractive Chinese export bowl, originally imported into Europe with underglaze blue decoration in the late Kangxi or Yongzheng period c 1720 - 1735. On arrival in Europe the bowl was decorated on top of the underglaze blue with famille rose enamels and gilding. The outside of the bowl is decorated with baskets of flowers alternating with flowers in roundels. The interior of the bowl is decorated with a single large flower spray. Diameter 14.8cm (5.8"), height 6.5cm (2.6")
Such European-decorated wares are a fascinating insight into the changing tastes in Europe in the middle of the Eighteenth Century. The blue and white bowl as originally imported from China was seen as slightly 'old fashioned' when the current fashion was for the brilliant famille rose enamels. The skilled enamellers in Holland were able to bring the bowl up to date by the application of famille rose enamels to the bowl, thus increasing its saleability. This is a nice example as the European enamelling has been done in a manner which is sympathetic to the original underglaze blue decoration.
This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. The base has a firing flaw which does not extend through the body, and is not visible from the front of the bowl. As can be appreciated, the enamels are also in very good condition with only minor rubbing and loss inside the bowl.