Large Chinese Ming / Transitional Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Shou
This sizeable blue & white porcelain bowl was made during the mid to late 17th century, at the end of the Ming Dynasty or the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. Around the outer wall are four stylised "Shou" characters (meaning longevity) between floral patterns. The inner surface is simply decorated with a small floral pattern in the centre surrounded by two blue rings. To the base is an artemesia leaf mark, one of the "eight treasures" and representing good fortune. The bowl is coated in a crackled glaze. The iron-brown coating around the rim edge has been applied in order to prevent "fritting" of the glaze.
This bowl is of good size with a diameter of 18 cm (7 inches). On first look there is what appears to be a curved crack around part of the wall. This is in fact simply a line of crackle in the glaze and does not appear on the outer wall so does not penetrate the body. There is, however, a vertical hairline crack that follows the crackle of the glaze - however, this cannot be detected when tapping the bowl so it most likely formed during the cooling process after firing. There is no repair or restoration.
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