Previously sold in these Rooms, 26 September 1989, lot 600.
The present lot is related to three other bowls with similar design in famille verte and with Yongzheng yuzhi marks, one from the Musée Guimet, Paris, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 7, col. pl. 45; one previously part of the Fonthill Heirlooms, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Iron in the Fire, 1988, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 94; and another from the British Rail Pension Fund, sold in Hong Kong, 16 May 1989, lot 73. Compare also the slightly later famille rose version of this bowl, included as lot 550 in the present sale. The design is identical, but one can observe the differences in appearance between the use of translucent enamels on the famille verte bowl and opaque famille rose enamels on the later bowl.
The famille verte palette was perfected during the Kangxi reign, and there are several known Kangxi yuzhi bowls with a similar variety of flowers in a continuous band against a coral-red ground, but none with the exact configuration as on the Yongzheng bowl. For examples of these Kangxi bowls, cf. two examples from the Shanghai Museum, one which is illustrated in Chogoku Toji Zenshu, vol. 21, pl. 76. The famille rose palette emerged at the end of the Kangxi period and developed further in the Yongzheng period, eventually phasing out the use of the famille verte enamels. The present bowl would have been made around this time, in the early 18th century.