Chinese – Kangxi – c1700 blue and white deep ‘U’ shape moulded bowl. Made at the kilns at Jingdezhen for export to Europe although the decoration is painted in the Chinese taste with a variation of the ‘100 boy pattern’ it shows boys being watched by ladies while at play in all differnet activities.
The boy pattern is a reference to the Confucian belief that boys and not girls were needed in large numbers to maintain society and the family.
The inside of the bowl is painted to show a boy playing football
To the inside of the base there is a six character mark that reads ‘Precious as a round gem of beautiful jade’
The body is lightly moulded with small flutes that give the rim a wavy appearance