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Covered Bowl

Photo: Paul Macapia

Covered Bowl

ca. 1753

The Bow Porcelain Manufactory of New Canton was the official early name of the English factory that produced this bowl. It heralds the factory's goal to compete with and even undercut Asian imports. The Japanese banded hedge pattern, a prunus tree, a "Chinese boy" playing with a string to which an enormous flower is attached, and a mythical lion (shishi) make up the pastiche of Asian-inspired motifs on this bowl and cover. This is a rare Bow pattern.
Soft paste porcelain
4 3/4 x 19 1/8 x 6in. (12.1 x 48.6 x 15.2cm)
Blanche M. Harnan Ceramic Collection, Gift of Seattle Ceramic Society, Unit 1
Provenance: Source: William H. Lautz, New York Dealer, 206 East 61st Street, New York
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe", February 17, 2000-May 7, 2000 (2/17/2000 - 5/7/2000)
Published ReferencesEmerson, Julie, Jennifer Chen, & Mimi Gardner Gates, "Porcelain Stories, From China to Europe", Seattle Art Museum, 2000, pg. 175

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