Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 14 November 1989, lot 19 and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 November 1996, lot 710.
Dice bowls with borders of scrolling clouds around the rim and foot are extremely rare and no other bowls of this specific pattern are recorded with such borders.
Compare to other published examples of similar lotus scroll pattern in public and private collections; two in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, one in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Dynasty Porcelain, pl. 60, the other in the Catalogue, Blue and White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book II, pt. II, pl. 46; one illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, pl. 25; one in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Shogakukan Series, vol. 15, pl. 150; one in the Idemitsu Collection, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, no. 171 and another from the J.M. Hu Collection, sold at Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1985, lot 6.