Dimension: 10.1cm Diameter 4.9cm Height. Provenance: Acquired from a collector in Lingga who has collected over 40 years, from an excavation.
Also there are extant examples where these types of tea bowls were found during land excavation found in Southeast Asia. This underglaze red, blue and white bowl is an open form with everted mouth rim and a gentle sloping rounded sides supported on a tapered foot with a narrow foot rim that showed a off- white paste covered in overall in a transparent luscious greenish tinted glaze decorated with underglaze cobalt blue depicting three friends of winter with a reign mark of Ta Ming Xuan De Nian Zhi in a double circle.
The center well and the external cavetto depicts horses of various poses in underglaze cobalt blue surrounded with waves of tumultuous nature painted in underglaze red. Combining both pigments cobalt and copper oxide requires skill by the kilns master where the window for successful firing is very narrow within tens of degree Celcius. For this bowl, the turnout is brilliant color - the cobalt blue is even and the underglaze red vivid.
The potting is well potted with translucency when hit against a strong light. The overall is smooth to touch except for a small raised bump in the center well and the internal cavetto with gentle bumpiness due to glaze pooling. The mouth rim thins at the edges and gives a high note when tapped.The double lines below the mouth rim on both cavettos are drawn very closely displaying the skill of the artisan. The handwriting of reign mark is consistent with the strokes applied written with a brush with sunken-into-the glaze where pooling is.
The unglazed foot is observed to be cleaner with lesser iron specks compared to a Yuan period piece. The item "ED112 A rare underglaze red, blue bowl of heavenly horses with Xuande mark 15thC" is in sale since Tuesday, September 7, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Bowls".The seller is "bernardloh823" and is located in default. This item can be shipped worldwide.