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400-year-old porcelain bowl may see $1,200

Of the 2,600 lots featured in the Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction being offered by James D. Julia Aug. 19-22, more than 1,300 are Chinese porcelain — including a 400-year-old porcelain bowl which features marks from the Li period, which ran from 1573 through 1619, on the base.

FAIRFIELD, ME — A 400-year-old porcelain bowl is one of more than 1,300 pieces of Chinese porcelain featured in the 2,600-lot Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction being

Chinese porcelain bowl

This 400-year-old Chinese porcelain bowl from the Wan Li period, artfully decorated with a children-at-play theme, measuring 11 1/2 inches by 5 3/4 inches, carries a conservative estimate of $800 to $1,200. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia)

presented Aug. 19-22 by James D. Julia, Inc.

The auction will be held at the James D. Julia facility, 203 Skowhegan Rd., Fairfield, Maine. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted, and Internet bidding will be facilitated by and

The porcelain bowl is conservatively estimated at $800 to $1,200. It measures 5 3/4 inches high by 11 1/2 inches in diameter. It features the mark of the Wan Li period, which ran from 1573 through 1619, on the base. The bowl itself is decorated in a very deep blue color which is quite rare for its production time frame. Both the inside and outside are finely painted with happy children playing games in a garden. The motif is quite joyful and endearing; the quality of the illustration resembles fine calligraphy.

This outstanding work was discovered through the Woburn, Massachusetts, office. In reference to the piece, Jim Callahan, Director of Asian Arts at James D. Julia, and a regular on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow since 1996, said:

“This amazing bowl caught my eye from the moment it was presented to me for review. There are so many factors that really put it in a class by itself – including its size, cobalt blue decoration, important mark, and condition, among others. And, of course, its

Chinese porcelain markings

Markings from the Chinese Wan Li period, which was active between 1573 and 1619. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia)

beautiful and timeless motif of children at play is universally appealing.”

Additional categories represented during the four-day auction include silver, folk art, Asian rugs, weathervanes, clocks, and jade, among others.
The four-day auction begins at 10 a.m. each day Aug. 19-22, with preview days set for Aug. 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on the days of the auction from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

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