A very heavy, large Chinese porcelain punchbowl with intricate hand-painted butterflies in an intricate design.
A large, heavy, hand painted and potted punchbowl with a glazed base that has a raised unglazed foot. The unglazed clay foot ring has been cut and has some grit attached. The glazes are thick and soft feeling, and they have a nice shine. Within the panels on the cavetto and central medallion are masses of colorful butterflies. The rim border matches the butterflies throughout. The outside of the bowl matches the inner panels and rim border.
A mark on the base reads MADE IN CHINA in iron red glaze. There are 5 or 6 Chinese characters in black below the red mark, as well.
Provenance: From the Ellis Family collection, a well-known Pacific Northwest family. The Ellis' were pioneer settlers to the San Juan Islands in the late 19th century. The collection was purchased in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
**Please note that we have or will be listing several other matching and coordinating large bowls (including a mate for THIS bowl), tureens, platters, serving and other dishes soon. Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing one or more pieces together**
11 ½” (29.2 cm) diameter x 4 ¾” (12.1 cm) tall. Weighs 4 lb 10.9 oz (2125 g)
The bowl has no cracks, chips, or breaks, and the bowl rings true. There is slight wear to the gilding on the mouth rim. The enamels are bright and fresh looking. There are painting flaws (for example one of the butterflies on the border around the central medallion) and kiln flows such as black dots, bumps, reserves and sand adhering to the foot. There are also bits of iron red a few green dots in white areas. There is very slight wear to the inside of the bowl.
A colorful, well painted, large bowl that will show off well from across a room. It is that big. Add it to a collection or for decoration in a room.