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Reticulated bowl


1780-1800 4 in x 10-1/4 in x 8-7/8 in Gilded and enameled porcelain

Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp


The four floral raised ornaments at each end of the rim have been covered with a repair material and repainted.  Two stress cracks run through the sides, one of which exhibits applied filler.  Gilding along the rim is worn, and some surface staining is present.

Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp

This oval bowl with a flaring rim has reticulated sides, delicately pierced in a regular pattern.  The reticulation leaves intact solid medallions that are painted with colorful birds in fine detail and  within a characteristically Chinese floral branch and garden setting.  The rim and base have bands of stylized vines and a guilloche or chain, respectively.  Reticulated bowls were tablewares that allowed the owner to fill them with and show off colorful fruit or other delicacies.