The bowl with deep rounded sides rising from a slightly splayed foot to an thin rim, the exterior enameled with a continuous lotus scroll, the blooms alternately enameled in red, white, blue and yellow, all reserved against an imperial-blue ground, below a border of ruyi-shaped clouds, the foot circled by four wavy borders. The inside with a wavy pattern on white ground a large iron-red lotus flower in the center.
Weight: 187 grams
Dimensions: 11,5 cm diameter
Condition: Very good original condition with no restorations whatsoever, small dents to the gilt foot rim, the enameling with a few open bubbles, some minor manufacturing flaws including crazing, one tiny chip, minuscule nibbling and old wear, overall as expected for an authentic Ming cloisonné piece
Provenance: Unite Kingdom private collection
Auction result comparison: CHINESE ART FROM CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS. Sotheby’s, 15 MARCH 2016, NEW YORK, lot 144. (for a pair of similar bowls)