Straits Chinese Polychrome Bowl
China but for the Straits Chinese Market
late 19th-early 20th century
diameter: 14cm, height: 6.2cm
This pink and white bowl, of a good diameter, is enamelled with a phoenix and pink and green peonies, framed by a pink-ground border of lotus and Buddhistic emblems and a smooth, gilded rim.
It has a shop mark to the base: it is almost indistinct, but probably is the Zhushunchang Zao factory mark.
This bowl most probably belonged to a set of porcelain commissioned from China by a wealthy Malacca or Singapore
baba family for an elaborate Straits Chinese wedding. It is not a soup bowl; the Straits Chinese rarely had soup with their meals, and it is too large to have served as a tea cup. It might have served a s a small serving bowl or as a dessert bowl.
Overall condition is excellent – there are no cracks, chips or restorations.
Kee, M.Y., Peranakan Porcelain: Vibrant Festive Ware of the Straits Chinese, Tuttle Publishing, 2009; Ho, W.M., Straits Chinese Porcelain: A Collector’s Guide, Times Books International, 1983.
UK art market.
Inventory no.: 887