Terrific little Chinese Export bowl, the size and shape suggesting it could originally have been the waste bowl from a tea service dating from the late 18th or early 19th century. What sets this piece apart is its decoration. In addition to the more commonly found floral sprigs and geometric borders, it sports a jaunty sailing ship, fully rigged and flying an American flag. The hand-painted detail on the ship is so fine that some of the crew members are visible. Interior rim decorated with a gilded trefoil border, and the exterior with a gilded gadrooning design on a pale terracotta band. The ship is rendered in minute sepia brushstrokes, with touches of red and blue on the flag. Florals are reddish purple with sepia and gilt foliage.
A handsome piece of early chinaware with a great connection to American maritime history.
Dimensions: 5.25" diameter at rim, 2.5" height
Condition: there is a small, old repair of what appears to be a flake on the outer rim (see the last photo). No other damage, still rings nicely.
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