A bowl of this type is illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 197; the companion bowl from the Oppenheim collection is published in R.L. Hobson, Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, London, 1931, fig. 133; and two bowls of this design, in the Percival David Foundation, are listed in the Foundation’s Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares, London, 1966, cat.nos. 724 and 725, the latter sold in our London rooms, 15th October 1968, lot 114.
Compare also a blue and white bowl of this type sold in our London rooms, 8/9th July 1974, lot 224; and a bowl of this form with the decoration similarly executed in underglaze blue on a yellow ground but with the motif of the ‘Three Friends of Winter' in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics, London, 2001, pl. 9:87.
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