A blue and white trefoil ko-sometsuke stem bowl, Tianqi period (1621-1627)

A blue and white trefoil ko-sometsuke stem bowl, Tianqi period (1621-1627)Estimate £1,000 – £1,500 ($1,534 - $2,301). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The bowl has an everted curling rim decorated with a brocade pattern, and the exterior is decorated with four leafy sprays. The raised foot has a moulded band above grass decoration. 5 ¼ in. (14.5 cm.) wide, Japanese wood box

NoteThis stem bowl was made for the Japanese market. An almost identical piece can be found in the Itsuo Fine Arts Museum Collection, published in Masahiko Kawahara, Ko-sometsuke, Kyoto, 1977, pp. 102, no. 389.

Christie's. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES, 12 May 2015, London, South Kensington