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An Early Chinese Shallow Bowl â Famille Rose Colors

An Early Chinese Shallow Bowl – Famille Rose Colors

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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre 1920: Item # 1155514

Please refer to our stock # 39 when inquiring.
This is a fine little country pottery shallow bowl with overglaze enamels of green and lavendar clouds on a yellow ground. There are also three stylized green bats on the exterior of the bowl. The Chinese word for bat is “fu,” which is a homophone of the word that means “good fortune.” The bat is thought to bring good fortune, happiness and longevity. The patterns of China's jade-ware have rich connotations. Bats and gourds were used as subjects for more than 100 patterns because the Chinese words "bat" and "gourd" sound like "good fortune" in Chinese.

The interior of the piece is a lovely soft aquamarine color. There is a spurious reign mark inside the foot of the bowl. It measures 4 ½” diameter at the top – is 2” deep – and the base is 2” diameter. We date it to the late Qing to early Republic, 1900-1925. It is in excellent condition - a couple of normal rim frits from usage.