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Two-handled bowl (part of a set)

Date:
Porcelain 1573–1620; mount ca. 1585
Culture:
Chinese with British (London) mount
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, silver gilt
Dimensions:
H: 5 in. (12.7 cm.) Diam: 9 in. (22.9 cm.) Diam. with handles: 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.14.3
  • Description

    The bright white paste, brilliant blues, and translucency of Chinese porcelain were prized in Europe, where imported examples were often given fine silver mounts to further enhance their value. These mounts are very finely worked by an unidentified silversmith. He was likely to have been trained abroad, possibly in Antwerp.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Marks on silver:
    (on band above foot, stamped) three trefoils voided within a shaped shield (maker's mark)
    Marks on porcelain:
    (outside on bottom, within double circle, in underglaze blue): six characters of the Wan Li period

  • Provenance

    William Cecil, Lord Burghley , Burghley, Northampton, England ; Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter ; William Alleyne Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Exeter ; [ Exeter sale, Christie's, London , June 7–8, 1888, lots 56-59; sold to Agnew ] ; William Agnew (in 1888) ; J. Pierpont Morgan ; J. P. Morgan Jr.

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