Lot 2202. A yellow-ground famille rose bowl, Qianlong four-character mark within double-squares and of the period (1736-1795); 6 1/4 in. (16 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price realised HKD 500,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2012
The bowl is enamelled around the exterior with four roundels, each enclosing a character forming the phrase Fori changming, 'The Eternal Light of Buddhism', reserved on a pink diaper ground within a blue border, surrounded by highly stylised lotus sprays on a bright yellow ground, wood stand, box.
Provenance: Sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 May 1987, lot 550
Note: The design on the present lot is recorded in the Qing Palace Archives: 'On the twenty-second day of the twelfth month in the first year of the Qianlong reign (1736)...the emperor endorsed the production of wares in accordance with the plate prototype featuring a yellow ground with green-enamelled floral motifs and the four characters Fori chang ming, applicable on any 7-cun (the Chinese measurement cun is equivalent to 3.2-3.55 cm) plate, 5-cun plate, large bowl and small bowl...' Henceforth, that design was widely fashioned on porcelain wares in the following reigns.
A bowl of this pattern from the British Rail Pension Fund was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16 May 1989, lot 86.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2012