A pair of small Ming style iron-red and blue and white bowls - Kangxi six character mark and of the period

Of kinrande type, with deep rounded sides, the interior painted in underglaze blue with a central roundel of a duck in a lotus pond below a diaper border at the rim, the exterior covered in a rich iron-red overglaze. 11.4 cm. diam., wood stands (2). Price Realized: €31,450 ($49,020)

Provenance: Major General Baron H. van Hemert tot Dingshof
and thence by descent.

Notes: A very similar Kangxi-marked bowl is illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 51.
This bowl is a continuation of an earlier Ming dynasty type, such as the bowl with underglaze blue, overglaze red and kinrande decoration, dated c. 1540-90, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 246, no. 9:67.

Christie's Amsterdam. 20 - 21 May 2008. ASIAN ART