Lot 3113. A fine and rare pair of doucai 'Floral' bowls, Seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850); 14.5 cm, 5 3/4 inEstimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot sold 812,500  HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's

each superbly decorated around the exterior in vivid enamels of iron-red, yellow, green and aubergine with six different exotic blooms borne on a continuous undulating scroll issuing curling leaves, above a band of ruyi-heads linked by petals, all delicately outlined in underglaze blue, the interior plain, inscribed to the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue, wood stands.

Provenance: Collection of Edward T. Chow (1910-1980).
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25th November 1980, lot 140.
S. Marchant & Son, London, 13th October 1983.
Sotheby's New York, 11th/12th September 2012, lot 389.

ExhibitedImperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics & Works of Art, Marchant, London, 2013, cat. no. 42. 

NoteA similar bowl was sold at these rooms, 20th May 1986, lot 111, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st June 2011, lot 4005; and another, formerly in the Silas Friedlander collection, was sold at Christie's London, 1st December 1994, lot 436, and again at Christie's New York, 24th March 2011, lot 1714.

Sotheby's. Marchant – Fifty Qing Imperial Porcelains, Hong Kong, 11 July 2020