Fine Vietnamese 14th Century Underglazed Bowl (Ex. Museum)
This bowl was made during the 14th century. It has a flared rim and has been decorated with underglaze floral and scrolling patterns. In the centre of the inner surface are five spur marks. It is coated in a finely-crackled clear glaze.
It is a little larger than some known examples of this type, with a diameter of 17 cm (6.5 inches). It is in fine condition with no restoration or repair and a good ring when tapped.
For information: this bowl bears a museum inventory number “38-1944” and an old paper label stating “Chinese – Sung AD 960 – 1279” ! Its full number is actually “BR-38-1944”. 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. It would appear that when added to the collection, there was little knowledge of Annamese / Vietnamese wares and so it is understandable that this bowl was misattributed to the Chinese Song Dynasty.
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