Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Horses & Riders Pattern
This interesting porcelain bowl was made in the early to mid 16th century, during either the Hongzhi reign (1506-1521) or the following Jiajing reign (1522-1566). The underglaze blue decoration of the outer wall features four mounted horsemen in different poses, one carrying a flag. In the centre of the bowl sits an immortal on a large fish. In addition are several thin blue bands surrounding the bowl as well as cloud designs.
Diameter 15.5 cm (6 inches). There are some minor chips to the rim edge, and a piece of dark kiln grit embedded into the glaze at the rim (caused during manufacture). There is no repair or restoration and this bowl has a good ring when tapped.
For information, we show an identical bowl in the British Museum collection (their book "Ming Ceramics in the British Museum" is a must for any collector of Chinese porcelain).
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