Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze in interior and blue glaze and gold on exterior (Jingdezhen ware); English gilt silver mount, ca. 1590–1610
Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Diam. of foot (mount): 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); H. of bowl: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); H. at handles: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Made for export, bowls with this type of decoration are often catalogued as kinrande ware after a Japanese term for fabric with gold thread. Although, as the term implies, such wares are thought to have been made primarily for Japan, examples also reached the Middle East and Europe.
Marking: Wan fu yu tong [May infinite happiness embrace all your affairs]