A Chinese pair of blue and white horse shoe porcelain bowls with a 6-character Qianlong mark and being of the period. Each is decorated with balls of flowers alternating with tracery and floral motifs above a lobed border. The pair were intended to be Doucai but the final enamel stage was never enacted so they are left unfinished.
Dimensions are: 2 1/2 inches tall X 5 3/4 inches wide. All measurements are approximate.
Condition: There is a crack in the rim, several small rim chips, and a chip to the bottom of 1. The other has several small pits and a firing crack in the exterior of the body.
Provenance: From the Slade family collection of Chinese ceramics and jade; assembled by three members of the family and by descent to the present owner. The collection was begun by Henry Adolphus Warre Slade (1869 - 1936), British businessman, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (1908/09) and the Director of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation between 1900 and 1902. His brother, Marcus Warre Slade (1865â€“1941) was also barrister and King's Counsel in Hong Kong, another brother, Edmond Slade (1859â€“1928) was a Royal Navy Admiral in Hong Kong. The collection was added to by Henry Adolphus Warre Sladeâ€™s sons, Royal Navy Commander Gerald Gordon Slade (b. Hong Kong 1899 â€“ d. Kent 1986), who fought in both World Wars, and his brother Maurice Gordon Slade (b. Hong Kong, 1902 â€“ 1971). The Slade family hold peerage and are noted in Charles Mosleyâ€™s. Burke's Peerage.