Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century

Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century
Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century
Offered by: Catherine Hunt Oriental Ceramics
Dealer reference: 5486

Description

Ming celadon deep bowl thickly potted with excellent thick deep green glaze and incised and moulded decoration.
The deep rounded sides are incised with scrolling foliage and a Greek key fret border to the outside. This is typical of this type of bowl.
The inside is moulded with figures and inscriptions depicting a narrative story. This is the story of Su Qin who died in 317BC, although it is not absolutely certain as the stories of the bowls are very similar
There were a group of such narrative bowls produced at Longquan with three or four different narrative stories but they are not common.
This bowl's story has two figures playing chess, a military and civil official, under a stellar constellation with the inscription that translates as 'the gods fighting over a chess game'. A scholar seated reading a book with an ink stone and the inscription reads,'Li Bo gazing at book'. An official by a board with a qilin on it and inscribed 'gold and jade'. A lady seated at a table working on a piece of silk with the inscription that reads' Lady Zhoa improves her talents. The final figure is playing a zither like instrument and it reads 'Confucius remembers Yan Hui. The centre is impressed with a noble flower.

An excellent example of this type of bowl.
there was a similar bowl in The Edward Wrangham O.B.E. (1928-2009) collection. See also lot 1286 September 20th 2013 Christies New York and Bonhams London lot 140 November 5th 2009

Height: 9.00cm (3.54 inches)
Diameter: 15.00cm (5.91 inches)

Condition

Excellent

Date

Circa 1390

Price

£2,975.00

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