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Chinese Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Bowl – Fish Pattern (Ex.Museum)


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Chinese Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Bowl – Twin Fish Pattern (Ex. Museum)

This bowl was made during the Southern Song Dynasty (AD 1127 – 1279). It has a moulded decoration featuring, in its centre, two fish swimming amongst waves. The two fish are an emblem of harmony and a happy marriage. The bowl is coated in a finely-crackled pale greenish-blue Qingbai glaze. The rim remains unglazed, allowing the bowl to be placed in a firing ring in the kiln as part of a stack of similar bowls (for more information, see our Song Dynasty firing ring for sale, stock number M0443).

Diameter 17 cm (6.5 inches). There is some surface wear to the inner surface and the crackle of the glaze is stained in places. However, there is no repair or restoration.

For information: this bowl bears a museum inventory number “23-1944”. Its full number is actually “BR-23-1944”. This bowl was part of The Brooke Robinson Collection of Asian Art formerly housed at Dudley Museum. Brooke Robinson (1836–1911) was a British Conservative Party politician, who was MP for Dudley and held a number of public posts including that of County Coroner for Dudley. He also was an art collector and benefactor whose legacy was the Town Hall and a museum in the town of Dudley. Brooke Robinson left a sum of money as well as his collection of art, furniture, ceramics, and other items for the benefit of the town of Dudley. The money was eventually used to construct the Town Hall, a Coroner's Court and a museum. The museum, known as the Brooke Robinson Museum, opened on 18 May 1931 with, as far as we can tell, the Trustees continuing to acquire pieces to add to the collection.

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