REF No. 6299
Chinese export porcelain famille rose kendi
Yongzheng/Qianlong period circa 1735-40
Height: 8¾ inches; 22cm
A fine famille rose kendi of globular form painted with scenes of Chinese figures on a terrace, looking at a rabbit.
This exquisitely painted example of this rare type has an unusual use of the famille rose palette. There appears to be no use of the white enamel, though the pink and the new yellow that characterise the new colouring introduced at the end of the Kangxi period are used extensively, along with the a ‘dead-leaf’ brown in the border on the shoulder. This last indicates a date at the very end of the Yongzheng period.
The lack of the white enamel makes the enamels translucent and the fine painting and the colouring are subtle and luminous, which does not show well in a photograph. In the hand this is a tactile and intensely beautiful object.
References: Williamson 1970, pl XXVII, a similar famille rose kendi but with different figures.