Lot 1672. A pair of blue and white bowls, Qianlong seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795);7¼ in. (18.2 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 16,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
Each supported on a wedge-shaped foot ring and with steep rounded sides rising to an everted rim, decorated on the exterior with four characters, wan shou wu jiang, each enclosed by a circle of ruyi-heads, separated from each other by two of the bajixiang and lotus sprays, all between a band of scrolls encircling the rim and petal lappets above the base, the interior with a shou medallion surrounded by the bajixiang.
Note: The characters wan shou wu jiang may be translated, 'boundless longevity'. Another pair of Qianlong-marked bowls of this design was sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 308.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011