HONGZHI 1488 – 1505 or ZHENGDE 1506 – 1521. Ming Porcelain.
A Ming Blue and White Porcelain Bowl, Hongzhi 1488-1505 or Zhengde 1506-1521. Decorated on the Outside with Scrolling Foliage, This Scrolling Foliage is Similar to the Dragon Motif With Scrolling Foliage as Part of it`s Body Which is Found on Late Imperial Chenghua Porcelain. The Well is Decorated with a Conch Shell Among Lotus.
- Poor, a large rim crack c.55 mm which has an associated rim chip c.18 x 5 mm. This chip has been poorly restored and the restoration has been scratched.
- Diameter : 15 cm (6 inches).
- The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese and Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Edward Wrangham (1928-2009). Ted Wrangham was born in London and educated at Eaton, then later at Magdalene College Cambridge. In 1957 he took up farming in Northumberland and championed environmental causes in the north east of England. His grandfather was the esteemed collector Stephen Winkworth, his uncle William (Billy) Winkworth, another important collector of Chinese Ceramics. The seeds of his interest were sown early, Stephen Winkworth presented him with a netsuke when he was only eight years old. His interest in Japanese and Chinese art led him to collect, he purchased his collection from a range of sources, including many pieces from his grandfather`s (Stephen Winkworth) collection when they were sold by Sotheby`s in the early 1970`s. While his taste was eclectic it was highly educated, the cultural history of the objects in his collection was something that fascinated him. He wrote extensively about oriental art, including the private printing of an important reference book in 1995, The Index of Inro Artists.
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Pieces like the present Blue and White 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.
For a Hongzhi 1488-1505 or Zhengde 1506-1521 bowl of this design see : Lost at Sea, The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk (Franck Goddio, Monique Crick, Peter Lam, Stacey Pierson, Rosemary Scott, Periplus Press, 2002). ISBN 1-902699-13-0. Page174 plate 199.