Lot 3435. A green and yellow-enamelled 'boys' bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 6 in. (15.1 cm) diamEstimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price Realized HKD 937,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 

The bowl is delicately incised around the exterior with boys playing musical instruments forming a procession on a terraced garden between a band of petal lappets below a foliate band above. It is covered with a green enamel reserved against a lemon-yellow ground

ProvenanceA Japanese private collection
Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2008, lot 2511.

NoteYongzheng bowls with this type of decoration are seen with two different bands around the rim. Some have floral borders with demi-florettes, as seen on the present lot, while others have quatrefoil panels.

A Yongzheng bowl of this design is illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 103; one illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London and New York, 1985, pl. 121; another is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, vol. 2, pl. 203. Similar bowls with different border at the mouth rims are also published: one in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Miscellaneous Enamelled Procelains, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, pl. 100; one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics, Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, London, 1986, front cover; and a pair sold at Christie's London, 21 June 2001, lot 102

Christie'sImportant Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Including The Su Zhu An Collection of Inkstones)Hong Kong, 27 November 2013