A superb pair of white jade shallow bowls. Qianlong period  (1736-1795). Photo Christie's Image Ltd, 2011

Each bowl with slightly flaring sides rising from a short straight foot, delicately carved to the interior with a swallow in flight above a lotus pond scene, detailed with blooms and buds borne on tall leafy stems, the exterior further decorated with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, the stone of an even pale tone; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diam. (2). Estimate £80,000 - £120,000. Price Realized £481,250.

清乾隆   白玉河清海晏盤一對

Provenance: The Property of a Private European Collector

Notes: A pair of white jade shallow bowls of similar quality and form, carved with catfish, is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02.18.550

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2011; London, King Street www.christies.com