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Bowl with a Qilin and Phoenix
2012-00204
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bowl is considered a masterpiece as this kind of porcelain is among the finest of blue-and-white pieces used by Peranakans. It also belonged to a highly regarded merchant and philanthropist in Singapore's Hokkien and Peranakan communities, Cheang Hong Lim.

History of the Object
This blue-and-white gilded porcelain bowl with qilin and phoenix motifs might have been commissioned by the family of Cheang Hong Lim, as evident from the mark of生 苑, or Wan Seng, Cheang’s other name and also the name of his company. Cheang Hong Lim (1825-1893) was highly regarded in the Singapore Hokkien Chinese/Peranakan community as a merchant and philanthropist. He was appointed Justice of Peace in 1876 and contributed generously to the funding of temples and charitable causes. Two places in Singapore are named after him including Cheang Wan Seng Place and Hong Lim Park.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
H 9.5 x Dia 21.5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
1870s 
Function
This bowl would have been used as part of a large dinner collection, for serving Peranakan food, a hybrid cuisine blending Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, Indonesia, and European ingredients and methods.  
Acquisition
 
Copyright
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Jackie Yoong, Maria Khoo Joseph 
Owner
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Credit line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee 

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