A rare Chinese Qing dynasty blue and white porcelain comport, circa 1880.
This is a rare and unusual item which was probably made for the western market rather than domestic consumption. The large bowl has a flared and fluted rim decorated with flowers, the interior of the bowl is profusely hand decorated with patterns of flowers, foliate and goldfish in subtle shades of blue and white, with a large circular petal decoration to the centre.
The outside of the bowl is similarly decorated with patterns of flowers, foliate and goldfish, on a circular pedestal base decorated with a seaweed style pattern.
The Qing dynasty, officially the Great Qing, was the last imperial dynasty of China. It was established in 1636, and ruled China proper from 1644 to 1912. It was preceded by the Ming dynasty and succeeded by the Republic of China.
Condition: This attractive bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration and only minor wear consistent with age. If would make a decorative and imposing centrepiece for either a dining table or side table.
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