Chinese Porcelain ‘Horseman’ bowl, Ming Dynasty 15th-16th century

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Chinese porcelain bowl, painted in underglaze blue to the outside with a continuous scene of four horsemen separated by sparse foliage sprigs and clouds, with double line rims, the interior with similar ring borders and central ‘scholar beneath a tree’.

Unmarked,

Ming Dynasty,
Hongzhi – Zengde reign,
late 15th – early 16th century.

14.5cm wide,
6.5cm high

Condition: restored chip to rim (shows dark in photos), 2 cracks, good surface to glaze.

Excellent tone to the blue, showing dark blue/black where ‘heaped’.

Ref. British Museum #2010,3007.26 for an example with the same decoration & form, dated 1480-1550.


 

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