Lot 247. A pair of blue and white bowls, Qianlong seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000. Price realised GBP 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
Each bowl is decorated on the exterior with four characters, wan shou wu jiang(boundless longevity), each enclosed by a circle of ruyi-heads, all surrounded by the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, and lotus sprays. The interior is painted with a shoumedallion surrounded by the bajixiang.
Provenance: Private English collection, acquired by a Protestant missionary in Beijing in the 19th century, then by descent within the family.
Private Southeast Asian collection.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 6 November 2018