the deep rounded sides resting on a straight foot, moulded to the exterior with large peony blooms borne on undulating leafy scrolls below a foliate band, the foot incised with a keyfret band, the interior incised with a central medallion enclosing a leafy peony spray, encircled by further peony scrolls below a keyfret border, wood stand
Three closely related bowls were sold in our Hong Kong rooms, the first, 21st
May 1979, lot 121, the second, 20th
May 1981, lot 807, and the third, 7th
May 2002, lot 600; another was sold in these rooms, 7th
December 1993, lot 273; and a further example was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1st
June 2011, lot 3710. For the Yongzheng prototype, see one, from the W.W. Winkworth collection, sold in these rooms, 12th
December 1972, lot 166; and a smaller example, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in Qingdai yuyao ciqi
, vol. 1, pt. 2, Beijing, 2005, pl. 106.
The scrolling flower motif is reminiscent of early 15th century blue and white imperial porcelain, while the glaze has been made to imitate the celebrated Longquan celadon wares. By combining the two together, the potter has succeeded in creating a contemporary yet elegant bowl suited to the taste of its time. For a large Yongle basin of related form, decorated in cobalt with a similar peony scroll beneath a classic scroll border at the rim, see one from the collections of George Eumorfopoulos, Sir David Home, Bt., and the British Rail Pension Fund, sold in these rooms, 16th May 1989, lot 15.