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Lot 177. A fine cloisonné enamel bowl, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 4 7/8in (12.3cm) high; 10 1/2in (26.8cm) diameterEstimate US$6,000 - $10,000. Sold for US$ 12,750© Bonhams 2001-2021

Of impressive size, the deep bowl with gently sloping sides tapering to an everted rim, the interior decorated with fronted lotus blossoms picked out in yellow, white, blue, and red on a field surrounding a large single red blossom, the exterior similarly decorated, a band of chrysanthemums above the splayed foot enameled with a floral meander repeated on the everted rim, all reserved on a deep turquoise ground.

Property from the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation.

Provenance: Roger Keverne Ltd, 27 September 2000.

NoteSee Sir Harry Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, p. 73, pl. 30B, 31A & B, for three bowls, one with lotus decoration assigned to the early sixteenth century. For another bowl of similar type but decorated with cranes and bearing a Jiajing mark (1522-1567), see Beatrice Quette (ed.), Cloisonne, Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, Bard Graduate Center, New York, 2011, p. 243, no. 38, and a smaller bowl with lotus decoration, p. 238, no. 27.

Bonhams. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 20 Sep 2021