This beautiful porcelain bowl encased in solid brass was created in Hong Kong for I. Magnin, the luxury goods San Francisco, California department store that was in business from 1896 to 1994. It was probably made in the late 1960's or early 1970's, when these Asian porcelain bowls encased in brass or pewter were very popular (We received a pewter one for a wedding gift in 1967). "Hand Decorated in Hong Kong" is stamped in red on the back, along with "I.MAGNIN."
The bowl is 7 1/2 inches across, 1 3/8 inches high on a 4 1/2 inch diameter base and weighs one pound. It is in excellent condition with no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no dents in the brass, which we've polished for you so it's ready to display proudly. The lovely pink and purple irises with their green leaves on the pure white porcelain are not overtly Asian in appearance, which makes the bowl easy to decorate with--it works with any decor that welcomes floral designs.