16 March 2015
A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE DEEP BOWL
SHUNZHI PERIOD (1644-1661)
The small bowl is decorated in deep tones of cobalt blue on either side of the exterior with a dancing lady amidst scattered blossoms. The interior is decorated with a central medallion containing a small boy amidst similar blossoms and beneath a lappet border. The base bears a six-character mark qi shi bao ding zhi zhen ('precious as a treasured ding of rare stone´) within a double circle.
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diam.
Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 1986.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.
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