Previously sold in these Rooms, 30 April 1995, lot 587.
This basin belongs to a small group of cloisonné pieces bearing prominent enamelled Wanli marks within a rectangle and encircled by ruyi heads. An identical dish in the Qing Court collection is illustrated in Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 47; and another is in the British Museum, illustrated by H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Chinese Cloisonne: The Pierre Uldry Collection, 1989, fig. 61, where the authors discuss a similar dish in the National Palace Museum, where the mark has been effaced and replaced by an engraved apocryphal Jingtai mark; an unpublished example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and one was sold in our London Rooms, 7 December 1984, lot 184.
An example of a basin in situ in the Chuxiugong, 'Palace of Gathering Excellence', supported on an elaborate rosewood stand inlaid with mother-of-pearl, is illustrated in Life of the Emperors and Empresses in the Forbidden City, p. 81.