Chinese porcelain blue and white bowl of conical form with brown dressed rim painted with the eight horses of Muwang, seven are standing or grazing on the exterior in a continuous scene amongst grasses and rockwork, the interior with a piebald horse rolling on its back between rockwork and amongst grass sprays within two underglaze blue double lines, the base with a two-character mark Langya, probably the name of a place.
6 7/8 inches, 17.5 cm diameter.
Late Shunzhi to early Kangxi, circa 1660.
Condition: 5 extremely small rim nicks.
- Formerly in the collection of Wilhelm Montelius (1852-1918), thence by descent. Wilhelm Montelius was the chairman of the board of the Swedish telephone company, Ericsson, from 1901. The company had an office in China before the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Lars Magnus Ericsson’s passion for things Chinese influenced Montelius and led to him actually asking staff who were based in China to hand-carry objects back for his collection.
- A similar bowl also painted with the eight horses of Muwang bearing a Jiajing mark is illustrated by Chen Runmin in The Gugong Museum Collection of Qing Dynasty Porcelain, Shunzhi Period and Kangxi Period Blue and White, Palace Museum, Beijing, no. 110, pp. 188/9, where the author notes that this design started to be used on porcelain in the Ming Jiajing period, but became very popular in the early Qing dynasty; another in the Phoenix Art Museum was included by Claudia Brown in the exhibition catalogue of Chinese Ceramics in the Wong Collection, pieces bequeathed by Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Wong, 1982, no. 84, p. 46.