The elaborate enamel decoration on this bowl is recorded on two other bowls with blue enamel Yongzheng four-character marks. One previously in the Edward T. Chow Collection, is illustrated by E. T. Chow and F. S. Drake, Kuan-Yao and Min-yao, A Study on Imperial Porcelain and People's Porcelain from Kang-hsi to the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, XIII, 1959, pl. VIII, fig. 2; and again by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain: Famille Verte, Famille Rose, Fribourg, 1986, pl. 146. The other identical bowl is in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Falangcai, Fencai: Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Vol. 39, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 15. A third closely related bowl has a Cai Xiu Tang hallmark in blue enamel on the base, dating to the Qianlong period, and was sold in these Rooms, The Robert Chang Collection, 31 October 2000, lot 811.
This attractive and complex 'millefleurs' design was used to decorate a small group of wares, including bowls, dishes and vases. Two dishes enamelled to the exterior in this pattern, bearing hallmarks, are published, one in the Percival David Foundation, Catalogue, Section 2, no. 865; and another dish in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Chugoku Toji Zenshu, vol. 21, pl. 119.