A rare blue and white 'Lotus' bowl , Xuande mark and period (1426-1435)

Lot 505. A rare blue and white 'Lotus' bowl , Xuande mark and period (1426-1435). Estimate 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,920,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.

supported on a straight foot rounding to generous deep sides and flaring elegantly at the rim, the exterior painted in deep tones of 'heaping and piled' cobalt-blue with a continuous band of delicately scrolling stems of lotus, each branch issuing one of two styles of lotus flower-heads and a myriad of curling leaves, all above bands of upright foliate lappets and a dotted floral pattern at the foot, the interior with a central medallion with a leafy spray of peony, all encircled by a band of detached lotus branches below a further dotted floral border at the rim, the base inscribed with a six-character mark within a double-circle and the unglazed footring burnt slightly russet in the firing.

Sotheby's. A Collection of Exceptional Imperial Porcelain, Hong Kong, 02 mai 2005