Condition: Superb condition. Some glaze scratches especially to the inside of the bowl. Very minor firing imperfections.
Provenance: French private collection. Old label with inscription “7 2 /59” possibly referring to the original acquisition date. A second label bears the inscription “Lille, France”. A third paper label bears an illegible inventory number.
Weight: 303 g.
Dimensions: Diameter 16.2 cm.
Among the imperial altars at which the emperors personally made sacrifices was the Tiantan (Altar of Heaven), which would have blue vessels - hence jilan or ‚sacrificial blue‘ glaze.