Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 October 1995, lot 710.
The bowl is yet another late Ming interpretation of whimsical early Ming motifs. Compare with a Xuande marked stemcup of this pattern, with winged mythical beasts reserved on an iron-red ground formerly in the collection of Dr. Ip Yee illustrated in Selected Treasures of Chiense Art, Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1990, fig. 141. A very rare Chenghua stembowl of this pattern and colour combination from the collection of W.W. Winkworth and Mrs. Walter Sedgwick is illustrated by S. Jenyns, Ming Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 66a; and again by A. Joseph, Ming Porcelain, London, 1971, pl. 59.