HATCHER CARGO c.1643 Transitional Porcelain

A Transitional Blanc de Chine Porcelain Bowl From the Hatcher Cargo, Late Chongzhen or Early Shunzhi c.1643. The Well of the Porcelain Bowl with Four Spur Marks .

In perfect condition. The glaze in good condition for a piece of porcelain from a shipwreck.
Diameter : 13 cm (5 inches)
Sale of Fine and Important Late Ming and Transitional Porcelain, The Second and Final Part of the Hatcher Collection, Recently Recovered from an Asian Vessel in the South China Sea. Christie`s Amsterdam, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 June 1984. The Collection of Henry Woods-Wilson.
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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.