A pair of doucai 'Bajixiang' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period

A pair of doucai 'Bajixiang' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period 1

A pair of doucai 'Bajixiang' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period 2

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Lot 155. A pair of doucai 'Bajixiang' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795); 20.4cm, 8inEstimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Lot sold 50,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's

each body of ogee form rising from a recessed base to a flaring rim, brightly painted and enamelled to the interior with a floret, peach and ruyi medallion  encircled by the bajixiang in the well, the exterior with a foliate scroll band above ruyi lappets. Quantité: 2.

NoteBowls of this form and design are held in important museum and private collections worldwide; see one in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, included in the exhibition Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1995, cat. no. 106; another in the Tokyo National Museum, included in theIllustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics, vol. 2, Tokyo, 1990, pl. 593, together with two bowls of this type with Jiaqing and Daoguang marks and of the respective periods; a pair from the Umezawa Kinenkan, Tokyo, included in the exhibition Shinsho tōji, MOA Art Museum, Atami, 1984, cat. no. 44; and a further pair from the Toguri Museum of Art, Tokyo, sold in these rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 2.

Qianlong mark and period bowls of this type are also known painted in underglaze blue; see for example two bowls sold in our Hong Kong rooms, the first, 29th May 1978, lot 632, and the second, 21st May 1982, lot 714.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 13 may 2015, 11:00 AM