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Any clue about origin of this bowl ?

by Arnaud Houllemare


I've lived in Shanghai for three years.
Last week, visiting country side, I was invited in a small village for a smoke and I noticed the ashtray...

I asked the guy if I could buy it, he laughed and gave it to me.
I don't intend to make money with this but I'd like to know a bit more about this bowl.
He was unable to tell me, except that it was a family stuff.

It's in rather poor condition, but there are two marks inside (see picture)

If anyone could tell me a bit more about the origin of this bowl, that would be great.


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Mar 19, 2011
by: Arnaud

> Would that also be a sign of belonging ?

Mostly there is only one, though.


Mar 18, 2011
blue and white bowl
by: peter

Hi Arnaud,
The pictures are a bit dark. The blue color should be a bit brighter on the actual item.

This seems to be a bowl from the first half of the 19th century, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing mark.

I would wash it. The underglaze blue will not be damaged by washing it with a dishwasher or soap detergent. The characters in the center are usually made of many little drilled holes. They are dirty from use. The holes are only in the glaze and aren't that clearly visible, under normal circumstances. The characters signify ownership of the bowl.

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