Lot 248. A blue and white bowl, Jiaqing six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1796-1820);7 ¼ in. (18.6 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
The exterior is painted in shades of cobalt blue to depict four characters, wan shou wu jiang (boundless longevity), each enclosed by a circle of ruyi-heads, separated from each other by two of the bajixiang and lotus sprays. The interior is decorated 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