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    • Blue and white porcelain bowl
    • Blue and white porcelain bowl
    Blue and white porcelain bowl

    Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

    4 November - 30 November, 2010

    Twelve Masterpieces of Chinese Art, of Porcelain, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Stone, from the 10th century BC to the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735).

    Blue and white porcelain bowl

    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and of the period 1465-1487

    This 'palace' bowl exemplifies why Chenghua porcelain is often viewed as the summit  of ceramic perfection.  The ware is creamy white, covered with a thin, smooth glaze that is like satin to the touch.  The design is often deceptively simple, as in the present example, the brushstrokes overtly painterly.  There appear to be only 8 other 'palace' bowls painted with the same flower design, inside and out, still in existence. 

    Diameter: 14.6cm