Chinese blue and white klapmutz bowl, Kangxi (1662-1722), decorated with four scenes from the ‘Romance of the Western Chamber’ below an everted rim with diamond pattern band, the interior decorated with a central roundel containing boys playing in a landscape, the inner rim with a diaper pattern band, Kangxi mark to the base.
Diameter: 20.2cm. (7 15/16 in.), height: 9.6cm. (3 ¾ in.)
Minute glaze spots to rim and interior.
The Romance of the Western Chamber is China’s most popular love story, telling the travails of the poor, aspiring young scholar Zhang and the beautiful Yingying, the daughter of a high-ranking official. After many romantic experiences and dramatic difficulties, the two lovers eventually get married.