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Rare Chinese Kangxi "Biscuit Porcelain" Inscribed Moulded Glazed Bowl


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Fine & Rare Chinese Kangxi "Biscuit Porcelain" Moulded Glazed Bowl (with inscription)

This very rare bowl was made at the Jingdezhen kilns in Jiangxi province. It is of the type known as "biscuit porcelain" that was produced predominantly during the Kangxi reign (1662 - 1722) of the Qing Dynasty. Such wares are sometimes difficult to date accurately but we are confident in dating this particular example to that period, if not possibly a little later. This bowl is made in the style of moulded Qingbai glazed porcelain bowls of the much earlier Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279). The inner moulded decoration comprises mainly floral patterns, but also includes two panels of Chinese characters. The set of four characters refers to "the inner palace" whereas the panel of six characters appears to refer to a year of a Song Dynasty emperor.

Bowls of this general type are more well-known coated in a turquoise coloured glaze. Other "biscuit porcelain" wares are more commonly coated in "famille verte" colours, green and yellow. Although this bowl is coated in a clear glaze, in places within the glaze are tiny spots of green and yellow suggesting this bowl was made in a workshop where such green and yellow glazes were also used. Where at its thickest, in the inner centre of the bowl, the glaze is a little crackled. The foot ring remains unglazed.

Diameter 17.5 cm. This bowl is in fine condition, has no repair or restoration and has a good ring when tapped.

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