Dimensions: 9.5cm diameter
– Collection of Camille-Fernand Chapoulart, France (born 1885), French administrator in former ‘Indochine’ in 1906
– Tajan Paris, 10 May 2019, lot 38
The rim of the bowl is decorated with a fierce fire-spitting dragon, flying above a band of waves near the foot ring from which two carps emerge. The rim fitted with a metal band.
From the 1700s onwards, Kings of the Vietnamese Le-Trinh Dynasty ordered porcelain pieces from China for use in their court. This type is named after Hue, the 19th century capital of the last royal dynasty in Vietnam, the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). As with export porcelain made for the Western markets, Chinese artisans executed the painting, and the local rulers dictated the designs. Each ruler would order ceramics of his own preference for use in his court, as well as presentation pieces to give to members of royal families and mandarin officials.
The ‘Neifu’ mark appears to start around 1841-1883; at the end of the 19th century metal rims had become very popular, to protect the rim from damage.
Compare a similar bowl in the collection of the Art Gallery New South Wales, with a dragon spitting fire amongst circular clouds, the design stopping short at the rim, accession number 168.2002