• Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1020

    An Enamelled Porcelain Bowl


    Price Realised  


    An Enamelled Porcelain Bowl
    China, Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, Ming dynasty (16th century)
    Used for serving meals in Japanese tea practice, circular, set on a high ring foot and decorated in red and green enamels over the transparent glaze with cherry boughs on the interior centering the Chinese character for "harmony," enamelled on the exterior walls with pheasants and flowers
    6¾in. (17.2cm.) diameter; 2¾in. (6.9cm.) high

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    Ceramics of this type, commonly known as Swatow ware (Gosu in Japanese), were imported to Japan for use as serving vessels for food in Japanese tea events (chanoyu). Louise Allison Cort illustrates a similar bowl recently excavated in Kyoto in her "Shopping for Pots in Momoyama Japan," in Morgan Pitelka, ed., Japanese Tea Culture (London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003), fig. 3.8.