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Lot 142. A Kakiemon porcelain octagonal bowl,  Edo period, 17th century; 24 cm. (9 1/2 in.) wide, 10in wide. Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.

the deep bowl with wide rim and upturned edge, decorated in iron red, green, yellow, blue and black enamels, the central roundel with ho-o birds, bordered by roundels of coiled dragons interspersed among plum blossom, the exterior with further ho-o birds among plum blossom and bamboo among rockwork. 

Property of Lord Ralph Kerr.

Provenance: Possibly Sir Thomas Coke (1675-1727);
Thence by descent.

Literature: Anon, Inventory of all the Household Goods and Furniture at Melbourne Hall (1750-1751) late of Sir George Lewis Coke, [ref.168-15-1 Melbourne Archive], 1 March 1750 and July 1751, possibly that described on page 2 in the China Pantry ‘Cne enamelled shaving bason and bottle’ or possibly ‘Cne Fine Bason [sic]'.

Sotheby's. Royal & Noble. London, 7 January 2021