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Shallow Chinese late Ming bowl, Tianqi

Shallow Chinese late Ming bowl, Tianqi

Code: 220402


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.