A pair of Ming-style blue and white 'Mantouxin' bowls, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period. Photo Sotheby's
each with rounded sides and countersunk base, the interior painted with a quatrefoil on the convex center encircled by a band of scrolling flowers and formal interlaced scrollwork below cresting waves within double lines, the exterior rim with a band of formal lotus scroll above pendent spearheads and overlapping petals around the base (2). Diameter 6 1/8 in., 15.6 cm. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD
Note: The bowls are modeled after a fifteenth century prototype. For a similarly decorated example from the Xuande period in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan see Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsüan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 1998, pp. 296-7, no. 121.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 17 sept. 2013 - http://www.sothebys.com