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A Pair of Canton Enamel Porcelain Masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum

A Pair of Canton Enamel Porcelain Masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum Gao Yang A PAIR OF CANTON ENAMEL PORCELAIN MASTERPIECES IN THE RIJKSMUSEUM Canton enamelled porcelain (guangcai) usually refers to porcelain made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, and decorated with enamel in Canton. The Rijksmuseum has a pair of identical porcelain vases in its collection that may represent one of the earliest examples of Canton enamel porcelain (fig.1). The vases were collected by J.Th. Royer (1737-1807) and transferred to the Rijksmuseum in 1883. One side of these vases shows two Chinese ladies playing a game of go. On the other side is a 15-character Chinese inscription reading Boyi tu jiachen huazhao xie yu lingnan zhujiang jingshe (‘A game of go, painted on the day of the Flower Festival in the year jiachen, in a beautiful house on the Pearl River in Lingnan’) (fig. 2). Canton was a part of the Lingnan area of Qing China (1644–1911), and the Pearl River is also in Canton. Hence the inscription reveals that these vases were decorated in Canton. The enameller generally, information about the enamellers of Chinese porcelain is very rare. However, in this case, we can learn a lot about the enameller. The inscription is followed by a ruby-red seal of Tang Jintang. Qing- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aziatische Kunst Brill

A Pair of Canton Enamel Porcelain Masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum

Aziatische Kunst , Volume 48 (2): 6 – Oct 24, 2018

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Gao Yang A PAIR OF CANTON ENAMEL PORCELAIN MASTERPIECES IN THE RIJKSMUSEUM Canton enamelled porcelain (guangcai) usually refers to porcelain made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, and decorated with enamel in Canton. The Rijksmuseum has a pair of identical porcelain vases in its collection that may represent one of the earliest examples of Canton enamel porcelain (fig.1). The vases were collected by J.Th. Royer (1737-1807) and transferred to the Rijksmuseum in 1883. One side of these vases shows two Chinese ladies playing a game of go. On the other side is a 15-character Chinese inscription reading Boyi tu jiachen huazhao xie yu lingnan zhujiang jingshe (‘A game of go, painted on the day of the Flower Festival in the year jiachen, in a beautiful house on the Pearl River in Lingnan’) (fig. 2). Canton was a part of the Lingnan area of Qing China (1644–1911), and the Pearl River is also in Canton. Hence the inscription reveals that these vases were decorated in Canton. The enameller generally, information about the enamellers of Chinese porcelain is very rare. However, in this case, we can learn a lot about the enameller. The inscription is followed by a ruby-red seal of Tang Jintang. Qing-

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Published: Oct 24, 2018

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