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Carl Kempe Collection Chinese Ceramics # 675-Sotheby's

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Carkl Kempe Collection of Chinese Ceramics # 675, a PAIR of porcelain BOWLS, deep with rounded sides, everted rolled lip and bevelled foot-rim. Interior with "an hua" slip design of Imperial dragons pursuing the pearl and incised archaic dragon in the center. Incised four characters mark of Hsuan Te (1426-1435) Xuande on base of each bowl. Shu Fu type. Early Ming Dynasty. Condition: is good, but there is one rim restoration (1.25 cms. in length) on one cup and there are numerous abrasions on the bottom of the paper-thin foot rims of both cups. The an hua dragons on the interior of the cavetto are quite clearly visible, but some abrasion due to age in the center of the bowl. Dimensions: Height 2 3/8 inches ( 6 cms.) diameter 4 5/8 inches (11.7 cms.) There is a yellow and red CK label on the base of one bowl. Purchased at Sotheby's in Paris France, Lot # 18. Bo Gyllensvard, keeper of H.M King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden's Collection of Chinese Art and author of "Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection," 1964, wrote on page 23, 2nd paragraph concerning white porcelain, "The number of white porcelain from Yung Lo(1403-1423 or Yongle) in the Kempe Collection is undoubtedly impressive, but the other periods of Ming are also well represented. The "an hua" design is used on all the ten pieces from Hsuan Te (1426-1435 or Xuande) but in various techniques. See (Carl Kempe Collection numbers)Nos.673-681. THE PAIR OF BOWLS NO. 675 of SHU FU TYPE WITH THE MARK OF HSUAN TE IS OF SPECIAL INTEREST."