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A gold-ground famille-rose 'mille-fleurs' bowl. Qing dynasty, Daoguang Period. Photo Sotheby's

the rounded sides rising from a splayed foot to a slightly everted rim, painted on the interior and exterior with a profusion of flowers including lily, chrysanthemum and mallow, all reserved on a gilded ground, the underside glazed in turquoise and with a four-character Shende Tang zhi (Made for the Hall for the Cultivation of Virtue) mark in gilding. Diameter 4 1/4 in., 10.8 cm. Estimation: 4,000 - 6,000 USD - Lot. Vendu 31,250 USD

PROVENANCE: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th-29th April 1992, lot 191.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York | 11 sept. 2012 www.sothebys.com