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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 199

    A FINE AND RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE MING-STYLE BOWL

    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE MING-STYLE BOWL
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Finely painted in fifteenth century style with simulated 'heaping and piling' around the exterior with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, tied with fluttering ribbons and supported on lotus blooms growing from scrolling leafy stems, all above a band of upright lappets, the foot and inner mouth rim encircled by wave bands, the interior medallion painted with a double-vajra centred with a roundel of overlapping petals and surrounded by further fluttering ribbons
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) diam.


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    A Qianlong bowl of this pattern is illustrated in Porcelain of the National Palace Museum. Blue-and-White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, 1968, pl. 25; and another was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 November 1996, lot 822.

    The design of this bowl is based on that found on a few Xuande-marked bowls painted around the exterior with the bajixiang amidst scrolling lotus, such as the example illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2000, pl. 147.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's New York, 22 September 2004, lot. 309


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN