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. The underglaze blue decoration is quite unusual, being a "busy" mix of scrolling floral and leaf patterns. The glaze is crackled, in places penetrating the body at the rim.
Diameter 14.75 cm (5.75 inches). It is in good overall condition. There are a couple of small chips to the foot, but there is no repair or restoration.
Note: around this period it was believed that small porcelain jars had healing properties and quite often the rims and/or edges have had small pieces carefully broken off which were then ground down and added to food as medicine. So often we see similar minor chips to the foot rings of bowls of this period. Whether or not these chips were also caused intentionally for medicinal purposes or the chips are simply damage from use, we do not know.
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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