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Lot 237. A rare copper-red-glazed bowl, Xianfeng six-character mark and of the period (1851-1861); 15cm (5 7/8in) diam. Sold for £ 21,500 (€ 25,538) (Est: £15,000 - £20,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021

Elegantly potted with deep curving sides and raised on a narrow inward-tapering foot, covered to the exterior in a liver-red glaze thinning to a mushroom tone on the mouth and foot rims, the interior glazed white, cloth stand, box and cover with inscription.

Provenance: a French private collection, acquired in the 1980s
Christie's Paris, 12 June 2012, lot 297
A British private collection

NoteThe inscription notes that the present lot was gifted by Yu Jinhe (1887- after 1945). Yu Jinhe (余晋龢) was a politician during the Republic of China. He was born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang. Like many of his generation, he went to study in Japan and graduated from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy. He was the 2nd collaborationist mayor of Beijing and served on the North China Political Council from February-November 1943. After the downfall of Wang Jingwei's puppet government in August 1945, Yu was arrested and later died in prison at an unknown date.

Compare with a similar example, Xianfeng six-character mark and of the period, illustrated in Imperial Porcelains of Late Qing, Hong Kong, 1983, p.99, no.89.

See also a pair of copper-red-glazed bowls, Xianfeng six-character marks and of the period, which was sold at Bonhams San Francisco, 26 June 2018, lot 226.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art: Including Imperial and Court Textiles Curated by Linda Wrigglesworth, London, 2 november 2021