Chinese Ming Dynasty Dehua / Blanc de Chine Porcelain Bowl (Ex. Museum)
This rare and unusually-shaped bowl was made during the latter part of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) at the famous Dehua kilns in Fujian province. It is very "heavily-potted" for its size yet the body is still very translucent. Both inner and outer surfaces are coated in a thick glaze that has just the faintest hint of blue. The base and foot remain unglazed showing the pure white body. Inside the bowl are distinctive "spur" marks in the glaze suggesting something else was placed inside this bowl during firing.
Diameter 10 cm. There are some faint surface scratches to the glaze around the rim, but overall this bowl is in good condition and has no restoration or repair.
This bowl bears a museum inventory number “17-1944”. Its full number is actually “BR-17-1944” and it was formally 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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