Both the form and design of this bowl are likely to be rooted in the Xuande period prototypes that were developed at the Jingdezhen kilns in the early Ming dynasty. For two Xuande reign-marked examples, see a lobed bowl decorated on the exterior with ‘dragon’ medallions, illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu/Ceramic Art of the World
, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 152; and another, included in the exhibition Ming Porcelains
, China Institute, New York, 1970, cat. no. 14 and later sold in these rooms, 18th November 1986, lot 40, from the T.Y. Chao collection. This lobed form and motif are also employed on other vessels of the period, including two brush washers from the Qing court collection and still preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, one decorated with dragons and the other with phoenix, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (I)
, Hong Kong, 2000, pls 128 and 129.
For closely related Kangxi reign-marked examples, compare one sold at Christie’s London, 8th December 1986; and another sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 2nd November 1999, lot 582, and again, 27th May 2008, lot 1826.