Shallow Chinese late Ming bowl, Tianqi
A Chinese shallow bowl with a gently flared rim, decorated in underglaze blue, and dating from the late Ming Tianqi period. The outside of the bowl is decorated with a landscape scene of a lake with rocky islands, and with two seated figures (perhaps two scholars playing weiqi). The inside of the bowl is also decorated with a scene of rocky islands with a tree growing on the nearer island, and with the sun above. The base has a six-charater Chenghua mark within double underglaze blue circles. Diameter 13.7cm (5.4")
Date: Tianqi (1621-27)
Condition. The bowl has chipping around the fragile rim which we have shown in our pictures. No cracks and no restoration.