Chinese porcelain ‘Three Friends of Winter’ bowl, Ming Dynasty, 15th-16th century


Chinese porcelain bowl, painted in underglaze blue with the  ‘three Friends of Winter’ (Bamboo, Pine, Plum) beneath a broad honeycomb border, the interior with central garden of bamboo & prunus flanking a rock, the rim with a lattice border.


Ming Dynasty,
Chenghua – Hongzhi reign,

15th- 16th century

diameter: 16.5cm, 7cm high


Condition: glaze excellent with minor signs of age, no chips or restorations, a faint crack down one side.

Blue is varied, with a pale blue there thin, very dark where ‘heaped’ and thick; interior is good colour tone, exterior has decreased clarity to blue with sections of deep black pooling.




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