Large Thai 14th - 15th Century Sawankhalok Celadon Bowl
This large stoneware bowl was made at the Sawankhalok kilns around the 14th - 15th century. It is heavily-potted and has a foliate rim. It is coated in a translucent and finely-crackled celadon glaze. The unglazed base has fired to a deep reddish-brown and in its centre is the round mark of the pontil on which this bowl stood whilst in the kiln during firing. Under the glaze, the inner surface is attractively decorated with incised flower blossoms within thin bands. The outer wall is more deeply carved with vertical grooves.
Diameter 29 cm. So many examples of this type of Thai celadon ware have extensive repairs, often to such a high standard that many people fail to notice. This particular example, however, is in very good condition, with no restoration or repair. There are chips to the foot ring, clearly very old and possibly caused during manufacture, and there is a hairline at the rim edge where the crackle of the glaze has penetrated the body. Overall, a very nice example of its type.
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