This unusual Yongzheng reign mark is found on a doucai dish painted with a galloping horse across the sea, from the British Rail Pension Fund, sold in these rooms, 16th May 1989, lot 65, and illustrated in James Spencer, Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 1980, pl. 140.
In its composition and subject, the present bowl can be compared to flared bowls with covers of slightly larger dimensions, decorated with swallows amongst flowering prunus branches and hibiscus, such as one from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 223; and another from the Jingguantang collection, sold three times and most recently at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st December 2009, lot 1918.
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