MONOCHROME

A Late Ming or Early Qing Dynasty Blanc de Chine Porcelain Stem Bowl c.1620 – 1650

A Late Ming or Early Qing Blanc de Chine Stemcup or stembowl Wanli, Chongzhen or Shunzhi c.1610-1650. The Stem and the Bowl with a Raised Concentric Line.

£3,200.00
$ 5120.00


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Blanc de Chine Porcelain :
The porcelain known in the West as Blanc de Chine was produced 300 miles south of the main Chinese kiln complex of Jingdezhen. The term refers to the fine grain white porcelain made at the kilns situated near Dehua in the coastal province of Fujian, these kilns also produced other types of porcelain. A rather freely painted blue and white ware, porcelain with brightly coloured `Swatow` type enamels as well as pieces with a brown iron-rich glaze. However it is the white blanc de Chine wares that have made these kilns famous. The quality and colour achieved by the Dehua potters was partly due to the local porcelain stone, it was unusually pure and was used without kaolin being added. This, combined with a low iron content and other chemical factors within the body as well as the glaze, enabled the potters to produce superb ivory-white porcelain.



Condition: The well of the bowl has a circular area without glaze. This has the remains of red and some flecks of gold. The interior of the cup has been well used and has numerous scratches. It appears this stembowl for filled some sort of ritual function. There is a rim chip to the interior rim of the bowl and fritting to the rim in one area.

Size: Diameter : 13 cm (5 1/4 inches)

Provenance: The Thompson Collection of Chinese Ceramics, label to the well "Thompson Collection ". Fitted box with a label on the top "Thompson Collection".

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Stock number: 23843.