A pair of slightly smaller bowls of this design, bearing the same inscription, is illustrated by C. Brown, Chinese Cloisonné; The Clague Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, 1980, pl. 56, where the authors translate the inscription, zi sun yong bao, as 'sons and grandsons forever treasure', a reference to a phrase which concludes the inscription on a ding from the early Zhou dynasty, illustrated by W. Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, 1977, pl. 47a and fig. 7., p. 83. The authors also cite other similar examples of varying sizes: a single bowl in the Clague Collection; one in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin, illustrated by R. Goepper, Kunst and Kunsthandwerk, 1968, pl. 258; and six in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, museum nos. 41.53.1A-F.
See, also, the pair of smaller bowls (10cm. diam.) sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27 April 1997, lot 16.