Two Imperial Daoguang bowls and their owners

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Two particularly beautiful Daoguang (1821-50) bowls are coming up at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on May 17. They are delicately enamelled with four  roundels containing blossoming trees, divided by stylised lotus sprays and reserved on a pink sgraffito ground; the interiors are painted in underglaze blue with a central roundel containing a rabbit resting under a tree. They are each 14.8cm. in diameter.

Another pair of bowls of this design were shown at The Hong Kong Museum of Art exhibition The Wonders of the Painter’s Palette in 1984. There is an established provenance: they come from the collection of Colonel Geoffrey R Pridham CBE DSO (1872-1951) who was stationed in Peking around 1900. They have been sent for sale by the family and are estimated at £30,000-50,000.

And we just love this! Below is a very charming and telling photograph of the Colonel and his wife.

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Colonel Geoffrey R Pridham (1872-1951) with his wife.