Lot 733. An unusual enameled deep 'lotus roundel' bowl, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722); 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 100,000 © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.

The deep, rounded sides are decorated in aubergine, pale bluish-green, white yellow and black on a rich green ground with roundels of lotus in different arrangements alternating with stylized ruyi-form clouds, all below a band of crashing waves and florets below the rim, and above a band of classic scroll on the foot. The interior is decorated with a similar large roundel of lotus surrounded by stylized ruyi-form clouds. 

ProvenanceKate Sturges Buckingham (1858–1937) Collection, Chicago, before 1926.
The Art Institute of Chicago, accessioned as the Collection of Lucy Maud Buckingham (1870-1920) in 1926. 


Note: The bold design and palette of this rare bowl may have been inspired by a Ming prototype, such as the Zhengde mark-and-period bowl enameled in green and yellow and decorated with six dragon roundels in underglaze blue on the exterior, excavated in 1987 from the Ming imperial kiln site at Zhushan, Jingdezhen. See Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China - 14 - Jiangxi, Beijing, 2008, p. 212, no. 212.

Christie'sChinese Art from The Art Institute of Chicago, New York, 12 September 2019