Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Crackle-Glazed Porcelain Bowl
This "Swatow" (or "Zhangzhou") blue & white porcelain bowl was made during the mid to late 16th century. It is attractively decorated in underglaze blue, the pattern featuring different floral designs and flower sprays within separated panels. The bowl is coated in a thick glossy glaze that is heavily-crackled, the "crackle" in places penetrating the body, as is most noticeable in image 8. In places, particularly to the lower underside, the glaze has "crawled" during firing to produce fissures within the glaze. Part of the base has escaped the glaze and has fired to a reddish-brown. There is some kiln grit around the foot, this being a common feature of Swatow ware.
Diameter 20.25 cm (8 inches). There is a small chip to the inner rim but overall condition is good with no restoration or repair.
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