Manufactured by Charles Vyse (1882-1971)
Diameter: 17 cm
English (London), 1928
Incised ‘C V / 1928’ under base (see below)
[…]; private collection
Charles Vyse, at the time this bowl was manufactured, was working from Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. His neighbour at the time was George Eumorfopoulos, who had amassed a large collection of Chinese, Korean and Persian pottery. These caught Vyse’s interest, and he started experimenting with Asian-inspired forms and glazes.
In shape and more particularly glaze, the present bowl is in imitation of a group of Qing stoneware and porcelain monochromes (oxblood, peach, green), of which this is a blend. The form may well be a wide-mouth censer on cloud-shaped feet. Connoisseurs would have valued the bubbles in the glaze as well.
We are grateful to Kee Il Choi for his thoughts.