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A doucai 'Lotus' Bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2014.

The bowl is potted with tall rounded sides, raised on a short foot. The sides are painted in underglaze-blue and enamelled in the doucai palette to depict three groups of lotus sprays with leafy scrolls. The interior is similarly decorated with a single lotus spray. 4 ? in. (12.4 cm.) diam. Estimate £20,000 – £30,000 ($33,580 - $50,370)

Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2296.

Notes: A similarly decorated bowl dated to the Qianlong period (1736-1795) was included in the exhibition Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, illustrated in the Catalogue, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995, no. 105. Another example from the Simon Kwan Collection was included in the exhibition Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, illustrated in the Catalogue, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1983, pl. 25. This was also included in the exhibition Imperial Porcelain of Late Ch'ing from the Kwan Collection, illustrated in the Catalogue, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1985, pl. 25.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 13 May 2014, London, King Street - http://www.christies.com/