Hirano Kotoken, Osaka.
Acquired in Japan, 1990.
Hirano Kotoken honten shinchiku kinen: Chugoku kotoji ten, Osaka, 1990, cat. no. 61.
A closely related bowl is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994, vol. 2, pl. 895; one is included in Chinese Porcelain. The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 103; and pair is published in John Ayers, The Baur Collection Geneva. Chinese Ceramics, vol. 4, 1972, nos A540 and A541. See also three bowls sold in these rooms, one from the Hall Family Collection, 2nd May 2000, lot 535, another, 9th October 2007, lot 1610, and the third, 8th October 2008, lot 2511.
The design appears to have been inspired by a Jiajing prototype; see one in the Baur collection illustrated in John Ayers, op. cit., vol. 2, no. A166.
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