A pair of blue and white 'lotus' bowls, Daoguang six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850)

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Lot 203. A pair of blue and white 'lotus' bowls, Daoguang six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850). 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000Price realised GBP 33,750. © Christies Images Ltd 2017

Each bowl is decorated to the exterior of the deep sides with four roundels enclosing the characters wan shou wu jiang, surrounded by lotus scrolls below a band of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang. The interior is decorated with a central roundel containing a stylisedshou character encircled by a further band of emblems.

ProvenanceProperty of a Nordic Gentleman.

NoteThe idiom wan shou wu jiang can be translated as 'ten thousand years of boundless longevity'.

Christies. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 7 November 2017, London