Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl (with Seal Mark)
This large blue & white porcelain bowl was made during the mid to late 16th century, c.1550 - 1570. The underglaze blue design is of good colour and is quite simple. There is a single blue band around the inside centre and a trellis border around the inner rim. The outer surface is decorated with two thin blue bands, and a seal mark to the base. The glaze is quite thick and to the inner centre the thick glaze has "crawled" from the surface a little and there are pieces of kiln grit embedded within the glaze. The glaze around the rim edge is a little "fritted" in places, a common feature of such ware of this period.
This bowl is a large example of its type with a diameter of 21.5 cm (8.5 inches). It has a good sonorous ring when tapped and is free from any restoration or repair.
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