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Ceramic bowl

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Deep bowl of red earthenware. Made in Gansu, China, Neolithic, prehistoric, circa 2000 BC.

Measurements:
h: 4 3/4 in; diam: 7 in; h: 12.1 cm; diam:17.8 cm

Provenance:
Said to have been purchased at Lan-Chou Fu, Kansu in 1934 by N.S. Brown, collector; his sale, Sotheby’s 29 January 1948, lot 39, purchased by Bluett & Sons for Sir William Burrell, £44; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1948.

Printed sources
Arthur de Carle Sowerby, ‘The Neolithic Pottery of Kansu. Burial urns and other vessels in the N.S. Brown Collection’, The China Journal, Vol.22, No.6, June 1935, pp.300-303, illus frontispiece, fig.F.
Sotheby & Co., 29 January 1948, Chinese ceramics and works of art, etc., comprising the property of the late N.S. Brown, Esq., sold by order of the Administrators, and others. Lot 39 “A deep bowl, the exterior plain except for a band and festoon border round the rim, the interior entirely decorated with a mottled design with a trellis medallion in the centre, in dark brown and red, traces of handles not quite opposite each other on the exterior, holes for suspension, 7 1/8in. diam, 4 3/8in. high, Pan Shan”.

Manuscript sources
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 19/375, 29 January 1948: ‘Purchased at Sotheby’s, lot 39 £44’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1948(1), p.5: ‘A Neolithic deep bowl, the exterior plain except for a band and festoon border round the rim. The interior entirely decorated with a mottled design with a trellis medallion in the centre, in dark brown and red. Traces of handles not quite opposite each other on the exterior. Holes for suspension. 4 3/4" high 7 1/8" diam. 3000-2000 BC. Pan-Shan, Yang Shao period. Illustrated by Sowerby in the China Journal. Frontispiece Figure F’.

What:
38_23, bowls, ceramics, red earthenware

Who:
Dealer, Bluett & Sons
Collector, N.S. Brown

Where:
Said to have been purchased at Lan-Chou Fu, Kansu
Said to have been purchased at Lanzhou, Gansu

Dates:
Bought by N.S. Brown 1934.
Sold at Sotheby's 1948.

Periods:
NEOLITHIC, c.6500-1900 BC

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