Lot 1364. A pair of fine blue and white bowls, Kangxi six-character marks in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722); 5 1/8 in (13 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 47,500 . © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
With rounded sides, painted in the center with a spray of yellow hibiscus repeated as a frieze on the exterior above a band of petal lappets.
Note: A pair of bowls with a similar pattern from the Percival David Foundation Collection is illustrated by Rosemary Scott, For the Imperial Court, no. 39, p. 108, where the author mentions that the yellow hibiscus had been a popular subject with artists since the Song period.
This pattern is inspired by the palace bowls made during the Chenghua reign (1465-1487). For an example of the Ming dynasty Chenghua prototype with this design, see the bowl exhibited at the O.C.S Exhibition of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, 1953, no. 101, and another included in the exhibition, Qing Imperial Porcelain, Nanjing Museum and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 20.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza