19 March 2009
AN UNUSUAL DOUCAI BOWL
YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
The upright sides sharply angled above the tapering ring foot and flaring towards the rim, the exterior painted above a double bow-string band with an underglaze blue rock surrounded by begonias, asters and millet on one side and another begonia plant flanked by butterflies and moths on the other side, with a band of peony scroll below, the reign mark in the center of the interior below a double line border at the rim
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diam.
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890 - 1920s, thence by descent within the family.
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A similar bowl, also with Yongzheng mark and of the period, with its cover, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 38 - Wucai, Doucai, Beijing, 1999, no. 222.
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