21 September 2000
A Rare Dated Blue and White Bowl
Wanli six-character mark with the cyclical date wuyin, corresponding to 1578, in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period
The deep rounded sides vigorously painted on the exterior with two winged dragons racing amidst clouds and flames in pursuit of flaming pearls above a band of waves and below a lengthy inscription, the interior decorated with fish and water weeds above a leaping carp in the center, the eight-character mark written on the base
83/8in. (21.3cm.) diam.
Sotheby's, New York, 15 June 1983, lot 292.
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A similar bowl from the Tianqi period inscribed on the rim rather than the base with a cyclical date corresponding to 1621 is illustrated by E. Bluett, Riesco Collection of Old Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, London, fig. 50.
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