Wanli mark and period fishbowls painted with this variation of the lotus pond motif with mandarin ducks, egrets and other birds, are more commonly known decorated in wucai enamels; see one included in the exhibition Chinese Arts of the Ming and Ch’ing Periods, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1963, cat. no. 365; and two sold in these rooms, the first, 13th June 1989, lot 236, and the second, 12th June 2003, lot 151. See also slightly smaller unmarked blue and white fishbowls painted with a related design, such as one sold in these rooms, 17th December 1980, lot 614; another, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th November 1979, lot 99; and a third, sold at Christie’s London, 15th December 1980, lot 116.
For an earlier version of this motif, see a blue and white fishbowl with a Jiajing (1521-1567) mark and of the period, in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Lu Minghua, Mindai guanyao ciqi [Imperial porcelain of the Ming dynasty], Shanghai, 2007, pl. 1-57.
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