Chinese Imari barbers bowl

A good Chinese Imari porcelain barbers bowl, c. 1730. Well painted to the centre, with a typical garden scene of flowering plants amongst rockwork, and a fence, in underglaze blue, iron red and gilding. The rim with a continuous band of scrolls, within a gilt line, and having an indentation for the neck.
The footrim unglazed, and pierced for suspension.
This is an exceptional example of a barbers bowl, in that the condition is remarkably fine. No restoration and minimal wear to the gilding.

Literature: Dutch East India Company records indicate that during the 1729-1760 period Chinese Imari barbers bowls were purchased in China on only three occasions - 1737, 1742 and 1748, with a total of fewer than 850 examples.

Medium: Porcelain.

Condition: Very minor wear to the gilding. Otherwise in exceptionally fine condition. No damage. No restoration.


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