An underglaze blue and copper-red 'Immortals' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 1263. An underglaze blue and copper-red 'Immortals' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 8 ¾ in. (22.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000Price realised USD 68,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bowl has gently rounded sides rising from a short, slightly tapered foot. The interior is painted in underglaze blue with Shoulao standing beside a spotted deer against a background of underglaze copper-red waves. The exterior is decorated with the Eight Daoist Immortals in underglaze blue reserved on a ground of similar copper-red waves.

Provenance: Collection of Chin Hai Wang, acquired in Taiwan before 1964, and thence by descent within the family

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