Chinese imperial porcelain blue and white palace bowl, wan, deeply potted with a gently flared rim, the exterior with five stylised lotus flowerheads on a scrolling branch, amongst arrow-head leaves, scrolls and foliage, all above a band of stylized lotus petals, the interior painted in the well with a lotus flowerhead amongst arrow-head leaves, scrolling branches and foliage encircled by five further flowerheads in the cavetto.

7 1/2 inches, 19.1 cm diameter.

The base with a six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring and of the period, circa 1690.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Included by Sotheby’s London in The Collection of Max Robertson, 10th November 1964, lot 143.
  • Formerly in the collection of Max Robertson, collection no. A-284-G.
  • Sold by Christie’s New York in their sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 24 March 2011, lot 1665.
  • Formerly in the collection of Betsy Berg.
  • An identical bowl, in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, is illustrated by Chen Run Min in Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi Period and Kangxi Period Porcelain in Underglaze Blue, no. 126, p. 205; a similar pair, in The Roemer Museum, Hildesheim, is illustrated by Ulrich Wiesner in Die Ohlmer’sche Sammlng im Roemer-Museum Hildesheim, 1981, pl. 35 & 36, p. 92.
  • This is one of a pair that were included by Marchant in their exhibition Recent Acquisitions, Important Chinese Porcelain from Private Collections, 2012, no. 10, pp. 28-29.