At the end of the thirteenth century the Mongols established the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368) and began to patronize the Jingdezhen kilns to the exclusion of all others as they ascribed protective qualities to white porcelain. One outgrowth of cross-cultural contact within the vast Mongol Empire was the creation of blue and white porcelain during the second quarter of the fourteenth century using cobalt imported from Persia. This blue and white palace bowl decorated with a garden scene was produced during the reign of one of China's most artistically gifted and culturally refined emperors.
Artist Chinese
  • Palace Bowl with Garden Scene
Date between 1426 and 1430
Medium Porcelain with underglaze cobalt and clear glaze
Dimensions Overall: 2 3/4 × 7 5/8 inches (7 × 19.4 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 43.67
Department Asian Art
Not On View
Marks Marked, sticker on bottom: George Eumorfopoulos C 116
Inscriptions Inscribed, on convex glazed bottom in blue underglaze: Ta Ming Hsuan Te Nien Chih
George Eumorfopoulos (London, England).
(Walter Hochstadter, New York, New York, USA);
1943-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Catalogue of the George Eumorfopoulos Collection. Sales cat., Sotheby & Co. London, May 28-31, 1940, no. 224.

Bulletin of the DIA 25, no. 3. p. 64 (ill.).

An Exhibition of Blue-Decorated Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute. Philadelphia, October 29-December 4, 1949, Chicago, December 21, 1949-February 5, 1950, no. 67, pp. 14, 46 (ill.).

University Liggett Antiques Show. Exh. cat., University Liggett School. Grosse Pointe Woods, June 13-16, 1979, p. 12.