Bowls of this type are more commonly known with a key-fret border encircling the exterior of the rim; a bowl from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (I), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 222; one in the Shandong Provincial Museum is included in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan. Taoci juan, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 667; another is published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1990, cat. no. 32; and a bowl from the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, was included in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Tokyo, 1991, pl. 760. A blue and white counterpart, excavated at Dongmentou, Zhushan, was included in the exhibition Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1996, cat. no. 14.
Compare also a related bowl, but the interior decorated with four detached branches of chrysanthemum, camellia, peony and pomegranate flowers around a peony medallion, illustrated in Mayuyama. Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 730; another sold in these rooms, 24th November 1981, lot 132; and a bowl, but with a chrysanthemum spray in the centre, from the collection of Lord Trevelyan, published in J.M. Addis, ‘A Group of Underglaze Red’, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 31, 1957-59, pl. 1a.
Few copper-red decorated Hongwu porcelains appear to have been excavated from the imperial kiln site at Jingdezhen, however the peony and chrysanthemum scrolls, classic scroll and key-fret border are found on underglaze-red bowls of similar form but larger size excavated from the Zhushan site and included in the exhibition Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, op.cit., cat. nos. 7-10.
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