Lot 3411
  • 3411


1,200,000 - 1,500,000 HKD
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  • 14.1 cm, 5 1/2  in.
sturdily cast with a tapered body surmounted by a broad rounded shoulder below a short lipped rim, the exterior decorated in bright cloisonné enamels with a broad frieze of lotus blooms, each flower rendered with mutli-coloured petals and borne on a meandering leafy stem, the rich design further accentuated with smaller attendant budding blossoms, against a bright turquoise ground, all above a band of stylised upright lappets skirting the lower body, the interior and flat base gilded, the base incised with a vertical six-character reign mark

Catalogue Note

Cloisonné enamel alms bowls of this size and quality dating to the 15th century are rare. The closest related example at auction is a slightly larger alms bowl of near identical decoration, differing from the current example with a narrower band of lappets at the foot, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29th May 2007, lot 1435. 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.