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Ming blue and white bowl Xuande mark to base

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Category
Period
Reference
5617
Height
13 cm (5")
Diameter
28 cm (11")
Chinese 16th century porcelain blue and white large punch bowl made at Jingdezhen for early export to Europe. Excellent painting to the outside with five roundels of either egrets, deer or egrets and deer all in a wooded setting.

In Chinese folklore the deer is for longevity and the egret for purity. The deer is often seen with pine trees which are also are for longevity and purity is associated with the egret because of its pure white colour.

Above the roundels is a running border containing scrolling lotus flowers, fruiting branches of peaches and auspicious objects. Above the base there is a flower head shaped lappet border.

The inside is painted with a large medallion shaped panel to the base showing a hare. The hare is the fourth of the animal zodiac signs. It was believed that the hare lived on the moon where it could often be seen pounding with a pestle and mortar to produce the elixir of life.

Underneath the bowl with in the foot rim is a circle in under glaze blue around a six character mark for the Emperor Xuande who was an earlier Ming Emperor. This is an apocryphal mark not a deceptive mark.



Over all an excellent piece
Height
13 cm (5")
Diameter
28 cm (11")
Year
1550 - 1600
Medium
porcelain
Country
China
Condition
The condition is over all very good there is a little wear to the inside and the rim is a little worn. But free from cracks and chips