A pair of doucai 'medallion' bowls, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795) 

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Lot 102. A pair of doucai 'medallion' bowls, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795), 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,290 - USD 25,720) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. 

Each bowl is finely pencilled in underglaze blue and enamelled in yellow, iron-red and green with five roundels containing alternating flowering and fruiting trees divided by pomegranate sprays above a band of overlapping leaf lappets around the base. 

ProvenanceChristie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2011, lot 3130.

NoteThe medallion design first originated in the Kangxi period as exemplified by a similar bowl from the collection of the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, p.216, pl. 197. The pattern continued in the subsequent reigns, with known examples from the Qianlong, Jiaqing and Daoguang periods. A Daoguang-marked pair of bowls from the collection of Dr. Elizabeth Shing was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 June 2011, lot 4007.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works of Art, 9 May 2017, London, King Street