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Chinese Bowl with Staple Repair âlate Qing

Chinese Bowl with Staple Repair –late Qing

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 918101

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This is a country folk pottery octagonal bowl with a hairline that has been repaired by staples. Rivets on porcelain (or metal clamp repair as it was once known) has its origins in China. Staples were a common — and obvious — means of repairing damaged ceramics in the 19th century. The octagonal bowl has a glossy light turquoise glaze in the interior. The decorative interest is on the sides.

Here we find a rim of loosely drawn Greek Key designs in red within a pair of enclosing red lines. Next is a large band of the Chinese trigram done in yellow enamel with red borders. At the bottom rim there are some stylized fern sprays. On the base is a reign mark – we can not make out which one – but we are positive that it is an apocryphal mark and that the piece dates from the mid to late 19th century, Qing Dynasty. The bowl measures 6 ½” diameter to the points of the octagon – is 2 3/8” high and the base is 3 5/8” diameter. It is in very good condition with the exception of the already mentioned stapled hairline crack. It shows signs of long usage but there are no cracks or chips other than the one noted. It is clear that the owners valued that bowl highly to have repaired it with the old staples – now quite rusted.

The Ba gua (Chinese: 八卦; pinyin: bā guà; Wade-Giles: pa kua; literally "eight symbols") are eight diagrams used in Taoist cosmology to represent a range of interrelated concepts. Each consists of three lines, each either "broken" or "unbroken," representing a yin line or a yang line, respectively. Due to their tripartite structure, they are often referred to as "trigrams" in English. The trigrams are related to Taiji philosophy and the Wu Xing.

The eight trigrams are: · Qian - "Heaven" · Xun - "Wind" · Kan - "Water" · Gen - "Mountain" · Kun - "Earth" · Zhen - "Thunder" · Li - "Fire" · Dui- "Lake"