Of plain rounded form, the exterior enamelled in iron‑red, manganese, yellow, green and pale green, outlined in black with a double series of demi‑foliate scrolls alternating with formal vertical ornament of stylized foliage, all between an upper red‑ground band of lozenge‑shaped florets and curling leaves and a lower band of interrupted flowerheads, the footrm encircled by small pendant leaf motifs. The interior decorated with a central flowerhead enclosed by radiating petal panels within a wide band of foliate scrolls similar to the main external theme which is bound by a narrow red-ground circle of undulant foliage, the latter motif repeated below the iron‑brown rim above the undecorated inside wall. The bowl is supported on a double footrim.
This type of decoration with tightly curling feathery leaves set in a formal arrangement evokes a non‑Chinese source ‑ perhaps from Turkey or Persia. Similar and related designs are found on many pieces of Chinese porcelain either in India or the Near and Middle East. The Topkapi Sarayi has two almost identical bowls (ref: TKS 15/3906/7) and other pieces with comparable decoration. The present bowl with an unglazed groove within the footrim belongs to a class of Jingdezhen wares about which there is some argument as to their date and also to the purpose of the double footrim. Krahl & Ayers, op. cit., Vol. III, p. 1170, no.2839 illustrate one of the aforementioned bowls in a section devoted to allied porcelains and which they date to the late 17th century.
Gordon Lang, 'Polychrome Decoration' in: A Catalogue of Oriental Ceramics and Works of Art, ed. Anita Gray, London, n.d., p. 43, no. 47