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Bowls

The extended chronology of ceramic bowls weaves a narrative of artistic innovation and response to demand that spans millennia. Collecting ceramic bowls means buying into this rich history, from sturdy stoneware to precious porcelain.

Though the history of the bowl can be traced back to the world's earliest cultures, it was not until around 1500 B.C. that the first examples of stoneware, made from finer clay than its earthenware predecessors, began to be produced. Developed nearly simultaneously in India’s Indus valley civilizations and in the provinces of China’s Shang Dynasty, the tradition of stoneware continued to develop, reaching its peak of perfection among German potters in the mid-1200s.

From the springboard of stoneware, potters and ceramists around the globe experimented with and perfected a wide variety of porcelain types and glazing treatments. Today, an impressive array of antique and vintage bowls are available at auction.


Quick Facts

  • Medieval innovators discovered that adding sand to their clay increased its resilience to heat. As a result, later potters developed grog, a mash made from pot shards added to clay for a similar purpose
  • One of the world’s priciest antique ceramic bowls is the "Chicken Cup," dating to the 15th-century reign of Chinese Emperor Chenghua. It is so named for the chickens that appear in its decoration. The diminutive bowl, with a diameter of just of 3 inches, sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in 2014 for $36,300,000
  • The medium of porcelain also emerged during China’s Shang Dynasty. Though developed in China, it gets its name from the Italian word "porcellana," or "cowrie shell," for its typical translucent, milky finish after firing

Recommended Items at Auction

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Rare Denmark Axel Salto Fruit Leaves Bowl 1935
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Rare Denmark Axel Salto Fruit Leaves Bowl 1935
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$50012 Bids
Vintage Pottery Porcelain Estate Group Lot
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Pottery Porcelain Estate Group Lot
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$226 Bids
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LOT OF CERAMIC BOWLS AND PLATES/MISC GLASSWARE
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF CERAMIC BOWLS AND PLATES/MISC GLASSWARE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$125 Bids
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SET OF RAMEKINS
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
SET OF RAMEKINS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$55 Bids
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LOT OF CORNINGWARE DISHES AND LIDS
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF CORNINGWARE DISHES AND LIDS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$215 Bids
Porcelain Cherub Scene Bowl
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Porcelain Cherub Scene Bowl
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$43 Bids
Judy Darbyshire Darby Pottery Southwest Mimbres Lizard Bowl Studio Art
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Judy Darbyshire Darby Pottery Southwest Mimbres Lizard Bowl Studio Art
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $40- $200
$203 Bids
TWO MONOCHROME TURQUOISE-GLAZED BAMIYAN POTTERY BOWLS Afghanistan, late 12th - early 13th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
TWO MONOCHROME TURQUOISE-GLAZED BAMIYAN POTTERY BOWLS Afghanistan, late 12th - early 13th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £500- £700
£502 Bids
Ten White Ceramic Cabbage Leave Dishes
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
Ten White Ceramic Cabbage Leave Dishes
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD252 Bids
Two Persian Bowls
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Persian Bowls
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
Set Of 3 Oriental Hand Painted Bowls
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Set Of 3 Oriental Hand Painted Bowls
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$32 Bids
RARE Elzac fluted glazed ceramic bowl with three pins 1 1/2"H x 10"diam (bowl)
Nov 01, 3:00 PM EDT
RARE Elzac fluted glazed ceramic bowl with three pins 1 1/2"H x 10"diam (bowl)
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $140- $250
$101 Bid
Signed B. K. Art Pottery Bowl
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed B. K. Art Pottery Bowl
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
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Jefferson's White House Rare & Elegant China
Nov 10, 10:30 AM EST
Jefferson's White House Rare & Elegant China
by University Archives
Est: $10,000- $12,000
$3,5001 Bid
An American Mid-Century Flower Shaped Nut Dish in Four Parts with Timber Lazy Susan
Oct 31, 11:00 AM AEDT
An American Mid-Century Flower Shaped Nut Dish in Four Parts with Timber Lazy Susan
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD601 Bid
Amphora Austrian Antique Porcelain Pottery Bowl
Nov 17, 12:00 PM EST
Amphora Austrian Antique Porcelain Pottery Bowl
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
PA slipware bowl
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
PA slipware bowl
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Vintage Oriental Dish with Cover
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Oriental Dish with Cover
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Early Chopping Bowl
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Chopping Bowl
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Early Chopping Bowl with early Choppers
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Chopping Bowl with early Choppers
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Assorted Corningware Pans, Bowls & Dishes
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Corningware Pans, Bowls & Dishes
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique American Redware Glazed Bowl & Plate, 2
Nov 11, 10:00 AM EST
Antique American Redware Glazed Bowl & Plate, 2
by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
(3pc) Terra-cotta Bowl, Signed Pottery Bowls
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(3pc) Terra-cotta Bowl, Signed Pottery Bowls
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Bowls


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC