Chinese imperial porcelain blue and white palace bowl, wan, with gently flared rim painted on the exterior with six lotus flowerheads on a continuous scrolling foliate branch above a petal-lappet band, the well of the interior with a single lotus-flowerhead medallion enclosed within a double ring, beneath two further rings at the rim.

6 3/8 inches, 16.2 cm diameter.

The underside with a six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring and of the period, circa 1700.


  • Formerly in a private American collection.
  • One of a pair sold by Sotheby’s, New York, in their auction Fine Chinese Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art, 22nd March 1995, lot. 283.
  • A similar bowl, in The National Palace Museum, Taiwan, is illustrated in Blue and White Wares of The Ch’ing Dynasty, 1968, Book 1, pl. 12; another, in The Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, gift of the B.Y. Lam Foundation, is illustrated by Peter Y.K. Lam and Cheng Xiaozhong in Qing Imperial Porcelain, no. 19.
  • A pair of similar bowls was included by Marchant in their exhibition Qing Mark & Period Blue and White, 1984, no. 4; another pair was included by Marchant in their exhibition The Rolf Heiniger Collection of Qing Imperial Wares, 2000, no. 3, pp. 12-13; a further pair, formerly in the Keralakis Family Collection, was included by Marchant in their catalogue Recent Acquisitions, 2005, no. 29, pp. 50-51.
  • Palace bowls of this type are inspired by early Ming originals. A Chenghua mark and period example (1465-1487) in the Percival David Foundation is illustrated by Margaret Medley in The World’s Great Collections, volume. 6, no. 109, A649.
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