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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

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An Alessi, Italy Sarria Bowl by Lluis Clotet, Original Box
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
An Alessi, Italy Sarria Bowl by Lluis Clotet, Original Box
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1006 Bids
A Le Creuset White Ceramic Pie Dish, Original Box
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
A Le Creuset White Ceramic Pie Dish, Original Box
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD1405 Bids
4 BOWLS
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
4 BOWLS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$65 Bids
An Antique Natural Clam Shell Bowl
Jul 24, 6:00 PM AEST
An Antique Natural Clam Shell Bowl
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1405 Bids
Two Dinosaur Designs Blue Resin Serving Dishes
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
Two Dinosaur Designs Blue Resin Serving Dishes
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
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Four Green & White Studio Art Ceramic Dishes & a Green Bowl & Cup
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
Four Green & White Studio Art Ceramic Dishes & a Green Bowl & Cup
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
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4 NEW WOLFGANG PUCK MIXING BOWLS
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
4 NEW WOLFGANG PUCK MIXING BOWLS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$54 Bids
A Set of Five Corningware Oven Dishes with Lids
Jul 26, 6:00 PM AEST
A Set of Five Corningware Oven Dishes with Lids
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD404 Bids
6 S/S MIXING BOWLS
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
6 S/S MIXING BOWLS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
Two Dinosaur Design Pale Blue Resin Bowls
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
Two Dinosaur Design Pale Blue Resin Bowls
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD100
AUD503 Bids
(6pc) Mini Blackware Pottery Bowls, Vases
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
(6pc) Mini Blackware Pottery Bowls, Vases
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
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LARGE MILTON MOON EARTHENWARE BOWL, SIGNED TO BASE. 28.5CM DIAMETER.
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
LARGE MILTON MOON EARTHENWARE BOWL, SIGNED TO BASE. 28.5CM DIAMETER.
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD403 Bids
TEXMEX BOWL
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
TEXMEX BOWL
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
Two Pillivuyt, France White Ceramic Rectangular Baking Dishes
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
Two Pillivuyt, France White Ceramic Rectangular Baking Dishes
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD120
AUD403 Bids
BUTTERFLY GOLD CINDERELLA NESTING BOWL SET
Aug 05, 5:00 PM EDT
BUTTERFLY GOLD CINDERELLA NESTING BOWL SET
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
'Balenciaga and Spain', Hamish Bowles
Jul 23, 4:00 PM AEST
'Balenciaga and Spain', Hamish Bowles
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD202 Bids
Taça em cerâmica vidrada em forma de elefante
Jul 22, 7:00 PM WEST
Taça em cerâmica vidrada em forma de elefante
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €30- €60
€302 Bids
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Milton Moon AM (1926-2019) Australia - (Bowl) - Australia Series
Aug 06, 6:00 PM AEST
Milton Moon AM (1926-2019) Australia - (Bowl) - Australia Series
by Colville Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD502 Bids
5x clay bowls, one with filled with pebbles 8.5cm H x 10.5cm D
Jul 23, 4:00 PM AEST
5x clay bowls, one with filled with pebbles 8.5cm H x 10.5cm D
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD202 Bids
(3) Prehistoric Pottery Bowls & Vase
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Prehistoric Pottery Bowls & Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
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3 Woods Dansk Pieces
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Woods Dansk Pieces
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $60
$151 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Bowls


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Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company