Lot 3. A Rare Pair of Café-Au-Lait Bowls, Marks and Period of Yongzheng  (1723-1735)15.6 cm., 6 1/8 in. Estimate 1,000,000-1,500,000 HKDLot sold 1,940,000 HKD  (249,251 USD). Photo Sotheby's

each of ogee-form, the rounded sides raised on a short straight foot, the exterior covered in a creamy light brown glaze, the interior and the base glazed white, the underside inscribed with a six-character underglaze-blue reign mark. 

Exhibited: Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, The British Museum, London, 1994 (one bowl).

Literature: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2, no. 813.

Note:Bowls of this type of Yongzheng mark and period appear to be very rare, but bowls of this form and glaze colour were popular in the Qianlong and Daoguang periods. A similar pair of bowls of Qianlong mark and period was sold in these rooms, 27th April 1993, lot 99; and a single Qianlong bowl is illustrated in Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics , Hong Kong, 1991, vol. 5, p. 197 centre. A test bowl of this form, inscribed with a date equivalent to 1767, was sold in these rooms 24th May 1978, lot 215; and an example of Daoguang mark and period from the collection of Simon Kwan was included in the exhibition Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 71.

Sotheby's. The Meiyintang Collection, Part II - An Important Selection of Chinese Porcelains. Hong Kong 5 october 2011