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A fine and rare shufu-type deep porcelain bowl with carved décor, China, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Photo Nagel Auktionen

The large and deep Shufu-type porcelain bowl has an opaque lightly bluish tin, its inner thick glaze is quite deeply carved with two flying geese, separated by stylised clouds and the characters "fu" (happiness) and "lu" (prosperity) beneath a narrow band of classic scrolls. The exterior is more finely incised with an interlaced weave band below the rim and around the base large scroll-filled petals. The footrim is pared by knife and the base left unglazed. h.: 10,3 cm, diam.: 19,8 cm. Estimate 30000/50000 €

Provenance: Private collection Rhineland, Germany, purchased at Sotheby's, London, 19. June 1984, lot 286

and with further references to similar Shufu-type bowls - Cf. M. Crick, Chinese trade ceramics from South-East Asia, Fondation et Musée Baur, Geneva 2010, no. 88, a flat and smaller bowl (diam.: 12,5 cm) with a moulded floral scroll and further references.

Nagel Auktionen. 2013/05/08http://www.auction.de/