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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 586

    A SET OF FIVE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BOWLS

    MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

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    A SET OF FIVE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BOWLS
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
    Each painted with a continuous landscape of the 'Three Friends of Winter' (prunus, pine and bamboo), the interior with a floral sprig within double circles, all raised on a high foot rim, the base with cash-shaped emblem surrounded by the characters Fu gui chang ming (riches, honor and long life)
    4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box (5)


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    The decoration on this vase, pine, prunus and bamboo, known as the 'The Three Friends of Winter', or simply 'The Three Friends', symbolizes the strength, purity and uprightness of the cultivated gentleman, and is a common decoration on porcelain throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties.