Two blue and white bowls, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 1212. Two blue and white bowls, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795), 5 ¼ in. (13.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 

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Each is decorated on the exterior with a band of bats suspending scrolling double-gourd vines between narrow bands of leafy scroll and lotus lappets. The interior similarly decorated with bats and double-gourds within a double circle.

NoteCompare the pair of Yongzheng bowls with similar 'bats and gourds' pattern, but rendered in famille rose enamels, illustrated in Sun Yingzhou de taoci shijie (Sun Yingzhou's World of Ceramics), Beijing, 2005, pp. 212-213, no. 129.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York