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A blue and white conical bowl, Shunzhi period (1644-1661). Estimate $4,000 – $6,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The bowl is decorated on the exterior with a continuous, dense leafy grapevine beneath the brown-dressed rim. The interior is decorated with a narrow leafy scroll band and a central medallion containing two peaches. The base is inscribed with an apocryphal Jiajing mark. 6 ¾ in. (17.1 cm.) diam.

ProvenanceS. Marchant & Son, Ltd., London, 1982.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

Notes: A blue and white brush pot with similar grapevine band, from the Butler Family Collection and dating to the Shunzhi period, is illustrated by Michael Butler, Julia B. Curtis and Stephen Little in Shunzhi Porcelain: Treasures from an Unknown Reign, 1644-1661, Alexandria, VA, 2002, p. 141, no. 32, where Sir Michael Butler comments that, “It is also worth noting the painting of the vine leaves: the spine of the leaf stands out against the center which is left plain, is typical of the Shunzhi era.” 

Christie's. AN ERA OF INSPIRATION: 17TH-CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULIA AND JOHN CURTIS, 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.