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    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a petal panel incised on the exterior, flower scroll around the cavetto, and fruiting branch in the well. There is a mark on the base.

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    • 1426-1435
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    • Height: 105 millimetres
    • Diameter: 210 millimetres
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        Xuande mark and period
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    Published PDF date : MingRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A483

    Lianzi [lotus bud] bowl with incised fruiting branch

    Xuande white wares are often bluer in tone than those made during his grandfather’s, the Yongle emperor’s, reign. The shape of this bowl was first used in the Yongle period (AD 1403–24). It is called a 蓮子(lianzi ‘lotus bud’) bowl and outside is incised with a design of lotus petals. Inside it is incised with flower scrolls and fruiting branch. Potters also used the shape of this bowl and this style of decoration at Jingdezhen for underglaze blue bowls in both the Yongle and Xuande eras. The base of this bowl has a six-character Xuande reign mark in underglaze cobalt-blue. The bowl has a white body with a blue-tinged transparent glaze.

    Porcelain, incised, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period AD1426–1435


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White porcelain bowl. Covered with blue-toned glaze. Outside incised with petal panel, inside with flower scroll round the side and fruiting branch in the well. Mark on base.

White porcelain bowl. Covered with blue-toned glaze. Outside incised with petal panel, inside with flower scroll round the side and fruiting branch in the well. Mark on base.

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