Fine Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Bird in Tree
This attractive porcelain bowl was made during the mid to late 16th century. The underglaze blue pattern features on both sides of the outer wall a bird on a prunus branch. The prunus is a symbol of life as it blossoms in springtime on what appears to be a lifeless tree without leaves. In the centre of the bowl is a peach, an emblem of marriage but also representing immortality and springtime.
This bowl is a good size with a diameter of 15 cm (6 inches). There is some "fritting" to the glaze at the rim edge, often seen on porcelain of this period, and a couple of manufacturing imperfections to the lower body, but otherwise this bowl is in fine condition with no repair or restoration and a good ring when tapped.
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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