Subject:Re: information on 18th or 19th century paste box marked Kangxi
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Mar 04, 2018
Here are a couple of links to examples of Chinese erotica from the kiln. First a blue & white tea bowl and stand, the latter with erotic scene in the cavetto, described as Kangxi era. I can't say from the limited information provided if it is really period or not, but at least the artist knew how to paint in the period style.
The other is a 18th century Canton Famille Rose punch bowl, probably Qianlong reign, with an erotic scene on the base. The bowl was impeccably painted and has now been worn enough to hide its secret under even more of a mask of respectability. It could have been special-ordered by a European aristocrat to surprise and titillate his guests.
Apparently, neither of these items have reign or other markings, because they almost certainly were made for export. The Chinese were certainly not prudes in those days, but I get the impression that putting imperial reign marks on this category of porcelain was not in vogue during the 18th century, and didn't really become routine until the late 19th century, when many other old rules regarding lesè majesté began to break down.