London, South Kensington
9 November 2007
An unusual moulded celadon bowl, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
thickly potted with rounded sides and a sturdy foot, decorated to the interior well with six historical figures and accompanying instructions identifying some of them, KongZi playing the qin, the poet Li Bai reading scrolls at the desk and Zhen Zi challenging a warrior in chess, all surrounding a central character Gao and below a key-fret band at the rim, the exterior with lotus sprays below a further band of key-fret - 6.7./8in. (17.5cm.) diam.
Previously sold in our Hong Kong salerooms, 18th May 1988, lot 126
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Compare with a similar bowl from the Collection of Charles B. Hoyt in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Greatest Collections, vol 11, fig. 213.
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