An anhua-decorated white-glazed bowl, Hongwu period (1368-1398). Estimate HK$2,000,000 – HK$3,000,000 ($260,000 – $390,000). Unsold. Photo Christie’s Ltd 2014
The finely potted bowl with deep rounded sides is covered overall with a creamy-white glaze. It is decorated in anhua around the cavetto with a striding phoenix and a scaly dragon among S-form double-headed ruyi clouds. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) diam., box
Notes: A small group of white-glazed bowls with moulded decorations on the interior from the Hongwu period are published. The first is illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 85, no. 2:1. The second bowl, dating to the late 14th century, is illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 648. Two other bowls are known, one from the Percival David Foundation now housed at the British Museum, museum no. PDF A.451; and another is illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1969, A.142.
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