Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl
This attractive blue and white porcelain bowl with flared rim was made during the late 15th - early 16th century. It is quite "heavily-potted" and coated in a crackled glaze. The outer wall is decorated in underglaze blue with a honeycomb pattern below which are lotus leaf panels. The central decoration is based upon the double-vajra (Buddhist sceptre) pattern. he inner wall decoration is most unusual with much of the pattern made from blue dots.
Diameter 15 cm (6 inches). There is the smallest of surface chips to the rim edge; overall very good condition with no repair or restoration.
For information: we show a very similar bowl that was excavated from the "Lena Shoal" shipwreck that has been dated to c. 1490 - 1500. The book of this shipwreck, "Lost at Sea" is a valuable dating reference and should be sought out by any collector of middle Ming period porcelain (ISBN 1-902699-35-1). We should stress that our example for sale here has not been recovered from a shipwreck.
This item is part of a recently acquired old English collection comprising mostly Ming Dynasty blue & white porcelain but also including a few earlier celadons and some South-East Asian ceramics.
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