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A DOUCAI 'MARRIAGE' BOWL DAOGUANG SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD The deep rounded sides painted to the exterior with three pairs of mandarin ducks in a lotus pond, below a frieze of dragons each chasing a flaming pearl painted in underglaze-blue, the centre of the interior similarly decorated with another pair of ducks, below a band of lanca characters below the rim (tiny enamel flake) 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) diam., box

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The combination of the lotus and a pair of mandarin ducks forms the auspicious rebus, fu fu he he, which may be translated as 'harmony for the married couple', A Chinese-English Glossary and Illustrations of Antique, Woods, 1989, fig. 127.

Cf. a similar bowl from the Yangzhitang Collection, sold in our Singapore Rooms, 30 March 1997, lot 388.

(US$15,000-20,000)

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