Previously sold in these Rooms, 26 September 1989, lot 639.
For the Ming prototype of this design, see the blue and white Xuande bowl from the collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. H. R. Palmer, sold in these Rooms, 17 January 1989, lot 567, and the bowl in the present sale, lot 917.
Later copies of Xuande porcelain with painted designs reserved on a yellow ground form part of a list (item 27) of the wares supplied to the Court in 1729, compiled by Tang Ying, who was to become imperial kiln supervisor. Similar Qianlong-marked bowls include one in the National Palace Museum Collection, Taibei, illustrated in Blue-and-White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, Hong Kong, 1968, pp. 76-77, pls. 28, 28a and 28b; one illustrated by John Ayers, The Baur Collection Geneva, vol. IV, Geneva, 1974, no. A584; and another from the Nanjing Museum, included in the exhibition, Qing Imperial Porcelain, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 79.
A Yongzheng example of the same form, but decorated on the exterior with dragons pursuing 'flaming pearls' amidst cloud scrolls is illustrated by A. du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, London, 1984, p. 210, fig. 1.