Chinese bowl, late Ming (1368-1644), c.16th century, decorated in bright underglaze blue with a continuous scene of ducks on a pond and birds perched on branches, the interior with a central roundel containing a floral spray within concentric bands, the base marked Fu Gui Chang Chun (may wealth and prosperity remain with you in all seasons).
Diameter 13cm., height: 6cm.
Centre with two small faint ‘hair-line’ cracks
As the organisation of production at Jingdezhen rapidly changed from the mid sixteenth century to the Wanli (1572-1620), supplies from Ma’an Shan in north west Jiangxi were disrupted. Consequently, potters during this period utilised the resources available to them, including less refined clay which results in irregular shaping.