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Two-handled bowl

porcelain ca. 1573–1620, mounts ca. 1585
Chinese with British, London mounts
Hard-paste porcelain, silver gilt
Overall: 5 × 9 in. (12.7 × 22.9 cm); Width (with handles): 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
The sinuous painting on this fine blue-and-white bowl is in keeping with porcelain made for the domestic market in China and is unlike the coarser wares that later were made specifically for export. The gilt-silver mounts, which show the influence of Antwerp design, have finely stamped and cast motifs that refer to the ornament of classical architecture.
Inscription: Stickers: [1] 1069 (pencil); [2] 540 (print); [3] I.B. (pencil)

Marking: Marks on silver:
Stamped on band above foot: three trefoils voided within a shaped shield (maker's mark)

Marks on porcelain:
Painted outside on bottom, within double circle, in underglaze blue: six characters of the Wan Li period
thought to have belonged to William Cecil, Lord Burghley , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; possibly bequeathed to Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; possibly Sir Walter Raleigh (recently suggested, however, that bequeathed instead by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1597 to Lord Burghley's younger son Robert, 1563–1612); possibly Robert Cecil , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England ; William Alleyne Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Exeter , Burghley House, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England (until 1888; Exeter sale, Christie's, London, June 7–8, 1888, lot 258; sold to Agnew); William Agnew (from 1888) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York ; J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (until 1944; sold by estate to MMA)
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