Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century
Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century
Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century

Period of MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

Ming Longquan celadon bowl 14th/15th century

1380 to 1420 China

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Ming celadon deep bowl thickly potted with excellent thick deep green glaze and incised and moulded decoration.
The deep rounded sides are incised with scrolling foliage and a Greek key fret border to the outside. This is typical of this type of bowl.
The inside is moulded with figures and inscriptions depicting a narrative story. This is the story of Su Qin who died in 317BC, although it is not absolutely certain as the stories of the bowls are very similar
There were a group of such narrative bowls produced at Longquan with three or four different narrative stories but they are not common.
This bowl's story has two figures playing chess, a military and civil official, under a stellar constellation with the inscription that translates as 'the gods fighting over a chess game'. A scholar seated reading a book with an ink stone and the inscription reads,'Li Bo gazing at book'. An official by a board with a qilin on it and inscribed 'gold and jade'. A lady seated at a table working on a piece of silk with the inscription that reads' Lady Zhoa improves her talents. The final figure is playing a zither like instrument and it reads 'Confucius remembers Yan Hui. The centre is impressed with a noble flower.

An excellent example of this type of bowl.

there was a similar bowl in The Edward Wrangham O.B.E. (1928-2009) collection. See also lot 1286 September 20th 2013 Christies New York and Bonhams London lot 140 November 5th 2009
Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Diameter 15.00 (5.91 inches)
Stock Code
celadon stoneware
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