Chinese porcelain blue and white fluted bowl with foliate rim, painted on the exterior with ten galloping horses amongst stylised flames and clouds above crested waves in a wide band, above branches of flowers and fruit and a bird including prunus, camellia and peach, the interior painted in the well with pagoda and a flag in a mountainous river landscape scene with birds in flight, circled by ten flaming mandolas with flower heads beneath a wide band of fishermen, pagodas, viewing pavilions, flags and rock work, the base with a four character mark of, fu gui jia qi “excellent object and wealth” within a double square.
8 1/2 inches, 21.6 cm diameter.
Wanli, circa 1590.
*An identical pair of bowls in the Topkapi Museum, are illustrated by Regina Krahl and John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, Volume II, no. 1280, p. 725, where the authors note, “A similar bowl with silver-gilt mount by Jacob Borch wiht a Copenhagen hallmark of 1608 is in the collection of Grosserer Holger Drucken”; another in the Ardebil Shrine in the Iran Bastan Museum.
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