A Jiajing reign-marked cloisonné enamel bowl of this form, similarly decorated on the interior with a shou character surrounded by cranes in flight, in the Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, is illustrated in Cloisonné. Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Bard Graduate Centre, New York, 2011, pl. 6.16, together with a bowl enamelled with a pair of fishes in the interior, pl. 4.13, and two boxes decorated with Daoist immortals, pls 6.15 and 7.12. For figural decoration of similar composition on cloisonné enamel, see that on a gu-form vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Enamels, vol. 1, Cloisonné in the Yuan and Ming Dynasty Beijing, 2011, no. 129.
Pengliang Lu in ‘Beyond the Women’s Quarters. Meaning and Function of Cloisonné in the Ming and Qing Dynasties’, op. cit., p. 66, notes that bowls decorated both on the exterior and interior were used during ritual ceremonies.
For a closely related counterpart in porcelain, revealing the close dialogue between the imperial enamel workshops and porcelain kilns at Jingdezhen, see a Jiajing reign-marked bowl sold in these rooms, 10th April 2006, lot 1674.
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