Chinese porcelain MING Blue & White STEM CUP with scrolling Peony flowers & leaves beautifully painted in underglaze blue. The slightly flared bowl supported on a hollow stem with slightly splayed foot, the interior decorated with a floral medallion and two single underglaze blue lines, covered overall with an appealing "mutton-fat" white glaze, extending down the interior of the stem, leaving the conical-shaped foot rim unglazed and burnt to a mottled fawn color. The painting has a slightly hazy quality that is typical of early 15th Century wares and may result from the presence of air bubbles in the glaze. There is also evidence of the cobalt appearing slightly "blue-black," because during firing, silvery-black purple crystalline spots were often produced, a separation of colors known as the "heaped and piled" effect. Provenance: de-accenssioned from the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum in Hartford, CT. USA and with two old paper labels from Ralph M. Chait Chinese Art (NYC) and an red museum number (1978:19) written inside the stem. (acquired in 1978 by the museum.) Height is 4.5 inches or 12 cms. Diameter is 5 5/8 inches or 14.3 cms. Condition report is available upon request. Ming Dynasty, early 15th century.