Although the peach-and-bat design, combining a pink-flowering and a double white variety of the peach tree, was very popular in the Yongzheng period for overall designs on dishes, bowls and vases, the present pattern is extremely rare and only one other bowl appears to be recorded, sold in these rooms, 25th November 1981, lot 285.
Alfred E. Hippisley, Commissioner of the Imperial Maritime Customs Service in China, was one of the first Westerners to discover the beauty and quality of Qing imperial porcelains. He loaned some three hundred items, overwhelmingly of the Qing dynasty, to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. already in 1887. Much of his collection was sold at Anderson Galleries, predecessors of Sotheby’s in New York, in 1925, and many of his pieces ended up in the Sir Percival David Collection and are today in the British Museum, London.
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