A Ming Porcelain Stem Bowl, Late 15th or Early 16th Century

1488 - 1521

A Ming Porcelain Stem Bowl, Hongzhi (1488-1505) or Zhengde (1506 – 1521), Jingdezhen Kilns, Jiangxi Province. This Ming blue and white porcelain stem bowl is decorated with a formal scrolling band of lotus to the exterior, a chrysanthemum spray to the well of the bowl and with a band of slender stiff-leaves around the stem. The stem is hollow until the intersection with the bowl, the foot is deeply trimmed to the exterior.


A small crack to the rim c.18mm and five small repaired chips to the underneath of the rim of the bowl, one of which shows slightly on the inside.
Height - 9.8 cm (3 3/4 inches). Diameter of the bowl 14.2 cm (5 1/2 inches)
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Ming Blue and White `Provincial` Porcelain :
Pieces like the present Ming Porcelain example have traditionally been referred to as `Provincial Blue and White Porcelain` because the potting and painted appear as being some what rustic. Sometimes `provincial` pieces have a great strength and freedom that can be lacking in more refined objects. Recent research in China has shown that there was little Blue and White Porcelain produced outside the main kiln complex of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province. The exception might be Dehua in Fujian province but the Blue and White Porcelain production from those kilns is distinct from the kilns at Jingdezhen.