Chinese porcelain blue and white and underglaze copper-red thinly potted shallow bowl, painted on the interior with a central flowering lotus plant with leaves, bud and arrowhead, surrounded by sprays of prunus, lily and chrysanthemum, beneath a single underglaze blue line at the rim, the exterior with two stylised branches beneath two rings at the rim, the base with a six-character mark of Xuande within a single ring.

4 3/8 inches, 11.1 cm diameter.

Wanli, 1573-1619.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an English private collection.
  • A similar pair from the collection of Eugene O. Perkins, exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, 1983-1988, were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Seventeenth-Century Blue and White and Copper-red and Their Predecessors, 1997, no. 18, p. 29.
  • The appearance of copper-red would appear to be a rare and early example of its successful re-introduction after its apparent virtual abandonment in the mid-fifteenth century.



Fire flaw on the underside, two minute natural indentations and a tiny bubble burst on the rim.