Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl
This large and "heavily-potted" porcelain bowl was made during the latter part of the 16th century, most likely during the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620). The underglaze blue decoration around both inner and outer walls comprise panels containing various floral and "precious objects" very much in the style of "kraak" porcelain of the same period. The inner central roundel features a bird standing amongst blossoming flowers. Around the foot is kiln grit embedded into the glaze, often seen on this type of heavily-potted ware.
Diameter 23 cm (9 inches). There is some surface wear, a small chip to the inner rim and, although not immediately obvious, part of the heavy foot has been broken and re-stuck *** close-up photo of this to follow *** . However, this bowl still has a good ring when tapped.
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