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A blue and white 'Eight Immortals' bowl, Wanli mark and period - Sotheby's

the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to an everted rim, the exterior painted in purplish tones of underglaze-blue with a continuous scene of the Eight Daoist Immortals paying tribute to Shoulao, seated on a raised platform holding a long ruyi scepter beneath a branch of peach, flanked by a crane and a smoking incense burner, each immortal holding their characteristic emblems, the interior with a central medallion of the Queen Mother of the West riding atop a flying crane, eight-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle; Diameter 9 3/4  in., 24.8 cm - Estimation: 30,000 - 40,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2nd May 2005, lot 645.

NOTE: A closely related Wanli bowl is included in the exhibition 17th Century Blue and White and Copper-Red, S. Marchant & Son, London, 1997, cat. no. 10, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26th April 1999, lot 665.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 19 mars 2013 - www.sothebys.com