Standing on a small, flat, circular foot, the semi-spherical vessel unusually designed with a sprawling mouth, decorated throughout with scrolling designs of lotus and flowers on an imperial-blue ground, below a border of ruyi-shaped clouds, the foot circled by a lappet border. The inside is enameled with a wavy pattern on a white ground. The base is incised with a single character shou surrounded by flying bats.
Shape: Domed vessel
Weight: 154 grams
Dimensions: 11,5 cm diameter
Fair original condition with no restorations whatsoever, small dents to the gilt lip, the enameling with a few open bubbles, some manufacturing flaws including crazing, minor enamel loss and stress lines, old wear, overall still as expected for an authentic Ming cloisonné piece, the base possibly a later addition
Provenance: United Kingdom private collection
Auction result comparison: ASIAN ART. Bonham’s, 11 Sep 2014, LONDON, lot 155. (for another domed Ming cloisonné vessel)