Lot 3460. A fine pair of doucai 'floral bouquet' bowls, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 6 in. (15.2 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 1,200,000 - HKD 2,000,000. Price realised HKD 5,440,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014.

Each bowl is delicately painted and enamelled in soft tones around the exterior with six bouquets of daisies in shaded hues of blue, yellow and iron-red, divided by foliate arabesques emerging from the base and from below a blue and yellow ruyi band around the rim, the interior medallion decorated with a central bouquet encircled by florettes and further arabesques, all within double-line borders, box.

Provenance: Acquired from S Marchant and Son, London, circa early 1980s.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 May 2014