Lot 12. A pair of coral-ground reverse-decorated 'bamboo' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795). Diameter 11.8 and 12 cm, 4⅝ and 4¾ in. Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 GBP. Lot sold 106,250 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.
each with rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to an everted rim, the exterior rendered in brilliant coral-red enamel decorated in reserve with freely executed bamboo shoots, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.