Qing Dynasty 19Th Century Butterfly & Flower Design Rice BowlThis wonderfully polychromed porcelain was most likely made in southern China. Beautifully shaped, this colorful Porcelain Bowl is a wonderful example of Southern Ware with an artistic Butterfly and Floral Pattern, Scalloped Edge, and Fluted Rim. Dating from around 1850, the high foot rim is also decorated with a lovely repetitive wave design. It shows wear and scratches from use and iridescence from age, as a piece this old should. The bottom does have a few very tight, old, hairlines that have been sealed with Low Viscosity Paleo Bond, but even the penetrant would not go through the hairlines. The bowl is 6" across and 2-1/8" high. This beautiful example of Qing Dynasty artistry came to us in the 1980's on Maui from an old Chinese couple that was moving back home to China and did not want to take their personal treasures with them. This bowl has been authenticated by Fred Gumbart. Mr. Fred Gumbart is the owner/appraiser of Arizona Galleries ). He specializes (by appointment only) in consultations, and he is an official, licensed, and accredited appraiser of Fine Period Antiques, Fine Art, Ethnographic Art, Pre-Columbian Art and the Asian Arts. Fred is a lifelong, serious collector of art, antiques and artifacts, and has been seen on the PBS History Detectives TV Show concerning antiques and artifacts. He also has the most astounding memory of anyone I have personally known. This bowl has also been authenticated by Dr. Timothy Jones, PhD, Anthropologist, formerly with the University of Arizona. Dr. Jones has accepted invitations to the world's largest museum in Beijing, and has received privately guided tours of the Beijing Museum, which included some of the most treasured vault items hidden away from the general public. Dr. Jones has directed the excavations and analyses of more than 20 major sites and 40 archaeological surveys, both and abroad. Dr. Jones now runs his own appraisal and authentication business, and is certified RPA-IAA. Dr. Jones can be reached at . He helps in the verifications of all our later porcelains, as I do for him on the older items of Jades and pottery.
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