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A blue and white 'Magpie' bowl, Transitional period - photo Sotheby's

the deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted rim, finely painted in subtle shades of cobalt-blue with magpies perched on the branches of an old gnarled tree and in flight, the interior with a medallion enclosing a bird perched on a blossoming prunus branch, all within double line borders, apocryphal Chenghua mark in underglaze blue; Diameter 6 3/8  in., 16.1 cm - Estimation: 18,000 - 25,000 USD

PROVENANCE: S. Marchant & Son, London, 1980.
Sotheby's London, 9th November 2005, lot 280.

EXHIBITED: Wanli to Kangxi, S. Marchant & Son, London, 1980, cat. no. 75.

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