Previously sold in these Rooms, 31 October 1994, lot 617.
Bowls of this type decorated in doucai enamels are extremely rare. Only two other pairs of doucai bowls of this pattern appear to have been sold at auction, at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 November 1984, lot 501 and another pair at Christie's London, 4 December 1995, lot 153.
Blue and white bowls of this pattern are more common and were produced throughout the Qing dyansty. See lots 1463 and 1464 in the present sale for Qianlong and Guangxu examples. See also a single Yongzheng-marked blue and white bowl similarly painted on the exterior, but with Shoulao and his deer in the interior roundel, from the collection of Sir Harry Garner, illustrated by S. Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1971, pl.LX