A rare famille noire and green-enamelled bowl. Qianlong seal mark and of the period. photo Bonhams

Elegantly potted with tall rounded sides rising to the slightly everted rim, supported on a very slightly splayed foot, the exterior superbly enamelled with a continuous undulating leafy composite floral scroll reserved in green against the black ground, including lotus, peony, aster, prunus and lily, with several of the blossoms unusually bearing auspicious fruit in the centre, including pomegranate and finger citron, the rim gilt, the interior and foot white glazed. 19.2cm (7⅝in) diam. Sold for £3,600 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

Footnote: A related famille green enamel and black ground charger, with a Qianlong seal mark and of the period, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong on 10 April 2006, lot 1520.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 13 May 2010. New Bond Street www.conhams.com