For a closely related pair of bowls also carved with the Qianlong emperor's poem Sanqing cha ('Three Purity Tea'), see a pair in the Tianjin Municipal Art Museum, Tianjin, illustrated in Zhongguo qiqi quanji, vol. 6, Fuzhou, 1993, pl. 211; another pair in the Avery Brundage collection, published in Clarence F. Shangraw, 'Chinese Lacquers in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco', Orientations, April 1986, pl. 41; and a bowl in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in Sir Harry M, Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, pl. 93. Further examples include a bowl sold in these rooms, 9th October 2007, lot 1644; and another pair also sold in these rooms, 1st May 2001, lot 678.Bowls inscribed with the Sanqing cha are also well-known in porcelain, decorated in cobalt or iron-red; see a blue and white version sold in these rooms, 27th April 2003, lot 30, along with an iron-red example, lot 31. For a full translation and explanation of the poem, see the catalogue note for a jade bowl of the same design sold in these rooms, 2nd May 2005, lot 526.
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