This classic design of lotus flowers is found on several examples dating to the Xuande period. See a Xuande reign-marked disc originally in the collections of Stephen Winkworth and Sir Percival David, now in the Uldry collection at the Rietberg Museum, illustrated in Helmut Brinker and Albert Lutz, Chinese cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, London, 1989, pl. 1
There has been speculation in the past that Jingtai reign-marked wares of the quality of the current alms bowl, stylistically similar to Xuande wares, are in fact of the Xuande period but with later incised marks. The delicately incised Jingtai six-character mark on the current vessel is similar to that on a circular cloisonné enamel box and cover in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, similarly enamelled with lotus flowers, and catalogued as Jingtai mark and period, illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1999, cat. no. 1. It is also related to the Jingtai mark on the dish from the Speelman collection, sold in these rooms, 3rd April 2018, lot 3406.
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