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Pair Antique Chinese Cobalt Blue Glazed Ceramic Bowls Qing Dynasty China circa 1850

A pair of beautiful antique Chinese cobalt blue glazed ceramic bowls from the Qing Dynasty in China circa 1850. These elegant bowls had a number of uses within a household. The richness of the cobalt blue was a constant reminder of the sky and water seen in nature and this connection has been of prime importance to the Chinese for thousands of years. Because the interior of the bowls are glazed they are water tight and could be used a fish bowls. This interesting custom was generally restricted to the upper classes of scholar gentleman who had leisure time for contemplation. These bowls also made superb containers for the display of prized bonsai tree specimens whose unusual shapes wee accentuated by being placed within these powerful containers. The bonsai trees themselves would be in a utilitarian container so they could be moved indoors and out with ease but then placed within this more decorative enclosure. Please use the zoom feature on our website to see the lovely surface of the lustrous glaze that gives these bowls their beautiful presence. They were shaped entirely by hand and then fired in a kiln to fix the potent shade of blue visible yet today. Whether used as containers or displayed as gorgeous objects on their own these stunning bowls will be a lovely focal point in any interior.

# EEJ424

DIMENSIONS

10.00" w x 10.00" d x 5.00" h

25.40cm w x 25.40cm d x 12.70cm h

$2,916.00

A pair of beautiful cobalt blue glazed earthenware bowls from the Qing Dynasty in China c.1850. These elegant bowls had a number of uses within a household. The richness of the cobalt blue was a constant reminder of the sky and water seen in nature and this connection has been of prime importance to the Chinese for thousands of years. Because the interior of the bowls are glazed they are water tight and could be used a fish bowls. This interesting custom was generally restricted to the upper classes of scholar gentleman who had leisure time for contemplation. These bowls also made superb containers for the display of prized bonsai tree specimens whose unusual shapes wee accentuated by being placed within these powerful containers. The bonsai trees themselves would be in a utilitarian container so they could be moved indoors and out with ease but then placed within this more decorative enclosure. Please use the zoom feature on our website to see the lovely surface of the lustrous glaze that gives these bowls their beautiful presence. They were shaped entirely by hand and then fired in a kiln to fix the potent shade of blue visible yet today. Whether used as containers or displayed as gorgeous objects on their own these stunning bowls will be a lovely focal point in any interior.