Click the above image to zoom
Chinese porcelain bowl decorated with scenes from The Western Chamber Romance, base with six character mark of Kangxi and of the period.
Stock Number: 4976
Very fine Chinese porcelain bowl decorated in underglaze cobalt blue (qinghua) with two scenes from The Western Chamber Romance separated by two areas with calligraphy, the base with six character mark of Kangxi and of the period, Qing dynasty, d. 16 cm, 6½ in. Bespoke box. 1.12189
Illustrated: Tang to Qing Ceramics, by A. Varela Santos, 2017/2018 catalogue, cat. 84.
◆ The Western Chamber Romance by Wang Shifu (1271-1368) has enjoyed great popularity since it was written because it is a love story with happy ending.
Zhang Sheng, a young scholar went to Chang’an (Xi’an today), China’s capital at the time, to take his exams when he met at a temple Cui Yingying daughter of the prime minister and fell in love with her.
At that moment bandits kidnap them and asked for a ransom. In despair Yingying’s mother promised to marry her to whom saved her. Wang managed that but the mother refused because he was very poor.
Undeterred Sheng and Yingying overcame all the obstacles put in their way and married.
圖示: 《唐代至清代陶瓷》阿.瓦瑞拉.桑托斯, 2017/2018圖錄，編號，第84頁。