Lot 315. An unusual large blue and white deep bowl, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1573-1619); 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 42,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007
Heavily potted with deep rounded sides, painted on the exterior with four characters, fu shou kang ning, formed by the twisted trunks of a pine tree, a prunus tree, a chrysanthemum stem and bamboo, all growing amidst tufts of grass and between double line borders above and encircling the foot, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: Japanese private collection.
Note: The characters, fu shou kang ning, are a birthday wish for happiness, long life, good health and peace.
Compare the similarly decorated bowl of this deep rounded shape, also with Wanli mark, in the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 35 - Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (II), p. 229, no. 209. Decoration of this type can also be seen on a bowl with slightly flared rim, and with a Jiaqing mark, illustrated by John A. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, 1956, pl. 80.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2007