Diameter: 21.900 cm
Given in memory of A.D. Brankston by A.W. Brankston and Mrs Winifred Roberts
Asia OA 1953.4-16.2
Room 33: Asia
Chenghua '100 children' bowl
From Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, southern
Ming dynasty, Chenghua period (AD 1465-87)
Blue and white porcelain bowl with children playing in a garden
The Chenghua emperor (reigned AD 1465-87) loved small, perfectly formed ceramic wares that he could hold in his hand. During his reign, a great many such pieces were produced for the imperial palace, particularly cups, small dishes and jars. This bowl is larger than most, but it shows the same fine potting, pure body and clear glaze which are typical of the period.
The bowl is
The inside of the bowl is plain except for two lines near the top. There is no reign mark on the piece, which is unusual. The mark of Chenghua was to become the most widely copied of all, because the wares were so highly valued.
The most famous wares of the Chenghua reign are decorated with coloured enamels, in a style known as doucai.
J. Harrison-Hall, Ming ceramics (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)
S.J. Vainker, Chinese pottery and porcelain, (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)