Ming Dynasty Blue & White Chinese Porcelain Bowl, Wanli Period Circa 1600
Superbly painted with magical scenes and mysterious creatures in underglaze blue. A central scene at the bottom of the bowl depicts a temple or monastery perched in a very mountainous area surrounded by stylised waves, strange plants and flying geese. The outside scenes are divided into the top section depicting a repeating design of pagodas and temples set in a mountainous setting, and the bottom section with more strange and mysterious plants and giant insects.
Markings: None, which typical of the period.
Age: Circa 1600.
Acquired from a collector of Chinese porcelains who has amassed such over the last 40 years.
Condition: Good for age with good integrity and rings true. Typical firing flaws, glaze imperfections, kiln grit, rim fritting, glaze wear & scratches seen in places throughout the piece. In addition, there is a professionally restored chip at top rim (about 1 1/4"). The condition is typical of pieces from this period. Carefully examined under black light.
Dimensions: 14 1/2" diameter at top rim x 6 3/4" tall. 7.7 pounds.
The Wanli Emperor - Chinese: 萬曆帝; 4 September 1563 – 18 August 1620, 14th Emperor of the Ming dynasty, reigned from 1572 to 1620. "Wanli", the era name of his reign, literally means "ten thousand calendars".