A large blue and white 'Lotus' bowl, Mark and period of Jiajing


Lot 3663. A large blue and white 'Lotus' bowl, Mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566);  40.2 cm., 15 3/4  inEstimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD (22,991 — 34,487 EUR). Lot sold 350,000 HKD (40,235 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to a flared rim, the exterior decorated in various tones of cobalt-blue with a continuous band of lotus blossoms borne on an undulating scroll issuing stylised curling leaves, all above a band of upright stylised ruyi-shaped lappets bordering the bowl, the interior centred with a medallion enclosing four lotus blossoms wreathed in trefoil leaves issuing from a thin stem, the countersunk base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle.

Provenance: A private Japanese collection.

Note: A closely related bowl, but decorated above the foot with a band of ruyi-heads, from the Ottoman Court Collection, is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum. Istanbul, vol. 2, London, 1986, pl. 944, together with two larger bowls painted in underglaze blue with chrysanthemum and peony scrolls, pls. 943 and 945; and a smaller bowl was sold in our New York rooms, 15th September 2010, lot 239. Compare also a slightly smaller bowl painted with a similar scroll and the babao, included in the exhibition Chinese Porcelain. The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, vol. 1, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1987, cat. no. 39.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 07 oct. 2015, 02:30 PM