20 March 2001
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NORMA AND WILLIAM GRUBER
A Large Blue and White Fish Bowl
Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line and of the period
The heavily potted, tapering, rounded body painted in deep tones of underglaze blue with two dragons racing through clouds and flames within blue line borders, the mark written on the rounded band below the rim
213/8in. (54.3cm.) diam.
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A similar blue and white fish bowl decorated with writhing five-clawed dragons amidst clouds, but with a Jiajing mark, is illustrated in Selected Ceramics from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Hu, Shanghai Museum, 1989, p. 285, no. 152.
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