Bowls with four different designs of boys at play of Chenghua mark and period have been recovered from the latest Chenghua stratum of the waste heaps of the Ming imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, all related to but different from the present design; see the exhibition catalogue The Emperor’s broken china. Reconstructing Chenghua porcelain, Sotheby’s, London, 1995, cat. nos. 54-7, where two of them are illustrated pp. 52-3 and dust jacket, while the other two are illustrated in the exhibition catalogue A Legacy of Chenghua: Imperial Porcelain of the Chenghua Reign Excavated from Zhushan, Jingdezhen, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, nos. C72 and C73.
Two similar unmarked bowls in the Shanghai Museum are illustrated in Lu Minghua, Shanghai Bowuguan zangpin yanjiu daxi/Studies of the Shanghai Museum Collections : A Series of Monographs. Mingdai guanyao ciqi [Ming imperial porcelain], Shanghai, 2007, pls. 3-55 and 56, attributed to the mid-15th century; another bowl attributed to the Zhengde period (AD 1506-21) is published in Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jianding [Appraisal of Ming and Qing porcelain], Hong Kong, 1993, p. 117, fig. 220; and one in the British Museum, London, is published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no. 6: 2, attributed to the Chenghua reign.
Two stacks with a total of ten similar bowls, also of the unmarked type, are depicted in the Guwantu [‘Pictures of Antiques’] handscroll from the collection of Sir Percival David in the British Museum, which records objects from the imperial collection during the Yongzheng reign (AD 1723-35) and is dated in accordance with AD 1728 (fig. 1), see Krahl, op. cit., p. 49, fig. 12.
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