SMALL PORCELAIN BOWL
CHONGZHEN PERIOD (1628-1644)
10.4 cm diameter
The bowl is of conical shape, supported on a straight foot and rising to spreading sides slightly flaring towards the rim. The exterior is painted in underglaze blue with a continuous scene of a scholar seated in a rocky landscape beside a bundle of scrolls tied together with a ribbon. Another figure holding a single scroll is approaching from behind stems of bamboo. The inside is decorated with a dense border of scrolls and flowerheads below the rim, repeated around the centre, which is inscribed with a four-character Yongle mark in seal script. The recessed base is left unglazed.
A very similar bowl is illustrated in C.J.A. Jörg, Jan Menze van Diepen Stichting - A Selection from the Collection of Oriental Ceramics, Slochteren, 2002, pl.44.
Christie’s Amsterdam, 18 May 1994, lot 27
Formerly in collection of Robert Suermont