Lot 3601. A fine coral-ground reverse-decorated 'bamboo' bowl, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 11.6 cm, 4 5/8  in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD (76,398 - 101,864 USD). Lot Sold 1,062,500 HKD (135,288 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

well potted with deep rounded sides supported on a straight foot, finely painted reverse against a rich coral-red ground with leafy bamboo branches, the interior left plain, inscribed to the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.

ProvenanceS. Marchant & Son, London.

Note: Aclosely related example, sold in these rooms, 19th May 1982, lot 321, and now in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, was included in the Museum’s exhibition The Wonders of the Potter’s Palette, Hong Kong, 1984, cat. no. 77; another from the Paul and Helen Bernat collection was sold in these rooms, 15th November 1988, lot 30; and a pair was sold in our London rooms, 16th May 2012, lot 289.  

A Jiaqing bowl of this type was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Iron in the Fire, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1988, cat. no. 99, where it is noted that ‘the iron-red enamel is extremely sensitive to thickness and such an even effect is a considerable technical achievement’.

Sotheby'sAn Important Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2019