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Lot 118. A rare pair of Ming-style doucai 'lotus' bowls, Marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)Diameter 5⅛ in., 13 cm. Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USDLot sold: 56,700 USD. © Sothebys.

each base with a six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue.

ProvenanceChristie's London, 4th May 1964, lot 59 (part lot).
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. Q.8.25.

Literature: Rose Kerr et al., Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Hong Kong, 2011, pl. 149.

Note: This extremely rare pair of doucai bowls is based on Chenghua period prototypes, such as a cup illustrated in the exhibition catalogue A Legacy of Chenghua, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. C95. Compare also a Yongzheng mark and period vase of a similar design and inspiration included in the exhibition Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Osaka Municipal Museum, Osaka, 1980, cat. no. 163; later sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2010, lot 1882.

Sotheby's. A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1, New York, 22 March 2022