Large Porcelain Basin with Floral Decoration


Compagnie des Indes ( Chinese , 1719 - 1794 )

18th century
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General Description

This large bowl, one of a pair (see 1985.R.824), was used for the storage of liquid or as jardinieres for flowering plants or other small trees. Its main decoration of large scale tree peonies and other exotic flowers is painted in the famille rose palette. The borders are of key fret, scroll, spiral, and blossom. The applied mask handles are pierced, possibly for cords to tie down a cover or to serve as carrying handles, which once had metal or porcelain rings.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 199.

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