17 - 18 September 2015
A PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE 'BITTER MELON AND BUTTERFLIES' BOWLS
DAOGUANG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
Each is decorated on the exterior with a flowering bitter melon vine and bamboo that continue over the rim into the interior, the vine bearing two melons on the exterior and two on the interior, two of the melons with the seeds bursting through the pebbled pink and yellow rind, while two butterflies flutter nearby, both inside and out.
4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) diam., box
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Compare two similar bowls sold at Christie's New York, 15 September 2011, lot 1661, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 November 2014, lot 3327.
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