A closely related bowl with similar lacquered interior and bearing a Kangxi shangwan ('Appreciated by the Kangxi Emperor') mark on its base, was sold twice in these rooms, 29th November 1978, lot 393, and again, 8th October 2010, lot 2185. Another bowl from this group but of more rounded shape, from the collection of Mary and George Bloch, was sold in these rooms, 30th December 1991, lot 341, and again, 23rd October 2005, lot 128. Compare also a bowl, in the Eugene Fuller Memorial collection, Seattle Art Museum, illustrated in J.M. Addis, ‘Impressed Gourds’, Oriental Art, vol. X, Spring, 1964, p. 28, fig. 2.
The tradition of making such bowls continued in the 18th century with the Kangxi bowls serving as prototypes for Qianlong period examples; see three from the collection of Sir John Addis and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, published in Craig Clunas, Chinese Carving, Singapore, 1996, two bearing Qianlong shangwan marks on the base, pls. 79-80, and the third unmarked but attributed to the Qianlong period, pl. 82. Another Qianlong mark and period moulded gourd bowl, illustrated in a number of publications including Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, ‘Chinese Gourds’, International Asian Antiques Fair, Hong Kong, 1983, p. 52, pl. 4, was sold in these rooms, 8th October 2009, lot 1815.
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