Previously sold in Hong Kong, 2 May 1995, lot 140.
Only one other pair of bowls of this rare Ming-style design appears to be recorded, illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, vol. IV, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 142. Compare also with a similar pair of smaller Yongzheng-marked cups (7.1 cm. diam.) included in the joint exhibition from the Collection of the Percival David Foundation and C. P. Lin, Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration, Singapore, 1992, pl. 143.
The decoration of the lotus scroll on the exterior is closely related to the design of baoxiang flowers found on two 15th-century blue and white bowls of similar size, one with a six-character Chenghua mark and the other with a four-character Xuande mark, both excavated from the late Chenghua stratum at the imperial kilnsite at Jingdezhen, included in the joint exhibition by the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramic Archaeology and the Tsui Museum of Art, A Legacy of Chenghua, Imperial Porcelain of the Chenghua Reign from Zhushan, Jingdezhen, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, illustrated together in the Catalogue, no. C71. The decoration on the interior of these bowls also compares closely with that on the present lot.