Previously sold in Hong Kong, 8 November 1982, lot 138.
A similar bowl was sold in our London rooms, 20 June 1984, lot 315, and again 8 December 1986, lot 351.
The inspiration for this bowl was very likely early Ming prototypes. Compare with the shallow unmarked bowl of the Xuande period, decorated with phoenix medallions on the interior and on the base, illustrated in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, Blue-and-White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book II (Part 2), pl. 56, and the stembowl, illustrated Ibid., pl. 38, with a related profile, moulded with ten lobes, each decorated with a quatrefoil cartouche enclosing a pair of phoenix.