Basins of this form and decorated with an archaistic scroll both on the interior and exterior are rare, although a closely related example was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th May 1980, lot 77, and again, 24th November 1987, lot 117. Compare also a basin of this form and size but carved to the interior with bats, sold twice in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th October 1993, lot 121, and 8th October 2008, lot 2506.
Celadon-glazed basins decorated with incised motifs were also made in the preceding Yongzheng reign; see for example a washer decorated with a flower spray on the interior, sold at Christie’s London, 12th December 1988, lot 332, and possibly the same as that sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 3rd November 1998, lot 934.
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