Chinese Canton Famille Rose bowl of deep form,
brightly and beautifully enamelled, on both the
interior and the exterior, with figures of green
dragons dispersed among a dense floral pattern.
In order to be able to classify Chinese porcelain,
a series of French terms are being commonly
used, dividing items into 'families', or palettes of
Famille jaune, noire, rose and verte are terms
used to classify Chinese porcelain by the
dominant element in its colour palette.
Famille rose, known in Chinese as Fencai or
Ruancai and meaning 'soft colours', and later as
Yangcai meaning 'foreign colours', was
introduced during the reign of the Kangxi
Emperor (1654–1722), possibly around 1720.
It used mainly pink or purple and remained
popular throughout the 18th and the 19th
centuries, it's style much based on the then
emerging Rococo style in Europe, thus also being
widely adopted by European factories.
Famille rose enamel ware allows a greater range
of colour and tone than was previously possible,
enabling the depiction of more complex images,
including flowers, figures and insects.
Wares were often produced for the Indian and
Islamic markets and although the quantities
originally produced were quite large, very few
examples of Chinese export porcelain for these
markets have survived to our days.