LOT 31 – £40,000-60,000

A very rare Ming dynasty Hongwu period underglaze copper red bowl, painted with a central peony within a broad band of scrolling chrysanthemum below a
key-fret border, the exterior with scrolling peony between key-fret bands to the rim and foot, all in a colour varying from grey to pale pink, the footrim and also unglazed parts of the rim burnt orange, 20cm diameter approximately, 9.5cm high approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; Oriental Ceramics Society (illegible date) Exhibition item 155; Venice 1954 Exhibition item 599; references 35/22,
nos 2 and 75; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL221.

Note:  A similar example, but of superior colour, is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

极 罕 见 明 洪 武 年 间 釉 里 红 碗 。直 径 约 20cm。