A Daoguang covered bowl of this design is illustrated in Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jianding, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 513; and a pair from the Edward T. Chow collection was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 170, and again, 28th April 1998, lot 844. See also a pair of bowls with this decoration sold in our New York rooms, 21st September 2006, lot 352.
For an extensive discussion of the depicted fruit, see Ka Bo Tsang, 'An Unusual Botanical Motif: The Bitter-sweet Kugua', Orientations, October, 1993, pp. 64-7, where figs. 1 a-b, a Qianlong example in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, is illustrated. In the former article Tsang also notes (p. 67) that the symbolic meaning of the composition of the decoration in the guoqianzhi (branch over a wall) manner, revoking the expression changzhi (long reign), is the wish for a long and prosperous reign. For a Qianlong example, see the previous lot, lot 2072.
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