A closely related example was sold in these rooms, 23rd May 1972, lot 203; and another was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th November 1978, lot 147. Bowls of this type were inspired by early-Ming anhua-decorated lianzi bowls; for example see one, with a Xuande reign mark and of the period, sold at Christie's New York, 3rd November 1996, lot 720.
This bowl is in good condition but the rim has been slightly ground and there is a small 8mm firing crack to the footrim. There is some iron spots to the interior and exterior and some minor glaze scratches to the interior. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."