A lobed porcelain Chinese bowl with a Tongzhi reign mark that has delicate, intricate, colorful Chinese polychrome paintings.
A heavily molded porcelain bowl with polychrome enamels that has a lobed body with a slight barbed rim. The outside is painted in with delicate colorful paintings of birds, trees, and flowers. They are realistically painted in their surroundings like the egrets with lotus. The mouth rim has a band of flowers with ruyi heads at the lobed edges. The inside and base are painted with turquoise. There is a raised foot ring with an unglazed, cut foot.
There is a square mark on the base center in Zhuanshu script of the Tongzhi emperor (1856-1872). This bowl is mostly likely mark and period. There is also an etched mark for the owner.
7 7/8”(20 cm) x 7 7/8” (20.0 cm) x 3 1/8” (7.9 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 15.2 oz (885 g)
There are glaze frits at the mouth rim and many scratches and wear to the central well. Despite the wear, the interior is still shiny and colorful. There is a hairline crack near the rim that is difficult to see. The exterior paintings are still very nice and bright.
A finely painted and colorful bowl that has the Tongzhi reign mark. I would place the bowl high up so you could view the beautiful paintings of birds and flowers.