Chinese prunus sprigged bowl, Dehua kilns, early 18th century

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Small Chinese Porcelain bowl with prunus flower sprigging in the ‘blanc-de-chine’ manner, left in the white.
Unmarked, Dehua kilns
Early 18th century

excellent condition, signs of a European-added gilt rim evident.

9.5cm wide 6.5cm high

The distinct manner of sprigging seen on these bowls relates to a pair in the book ‘Blanc de Chine’ (Kerr & Ayers 2002) #147; these are identical to a pair in the Rosenberg Collection, Geelong, and in turn relate to similar ones recovered from the Hatcher wreck (circa 1643).

In particular, the small applied beads of clay are distinctive, and the hand-modelled stems which differ greatly from each other.

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