Pair of Chinese imperial porcelain bowls of almost conical form, each painted on the exterior in fencai, famille rose enamels with butterflies in flight amongst flowering daisy and camellia above grass, the interiors glazed white, the rims with traces of original gilding.

6 1/8 inches, 15.5 cm diameter.

The bases with six-character marks of Tongzhi in underglaze blue and of the period, 1862-1874.


Overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the collection of Tang Shaoyi (1862-1938), first Prime Minister of the Republic of China.
  • Five bowls and covers, four small dishes and three ogee-shape bowls and covers, all bearing Jiaqing marks and of similar design, in the collection at Brighton Pavilion, are illustrated by John Ayers in Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, volume II, nos. 1079-1092, pp. 426-428.