This elegant bowl is finely painted with soft washes of underglaze blue in a style that echoes the fabled porcelain wares of the celebrated Chenghua reign. For a possible inspiration of this design, compare two bowls recovered from the waste heaps of the imperial kiln site at Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, and included in the exhibition A Legacy of Chenghua
, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. C71; and a bowl in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Museum's Special Exhibition of Ch’eng-hua Porcelain Ware
, Taipei, 2003, cat. no. 23.
Bowls of this design are rare, although a bowl painted with in a similar style with the bajixiang and a lotus scroll, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 16th November 1973, lot 149.