Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

This residence within the Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) was commissioned by the Daoguang emperor and completed in 1831.

The auspicious motifs decorating these bowls are the Eight Daoist Emblems with the peony a symbol of prosperity, and the lingzhi fungus representing longevity. They come by descent from the collection of Robert C Bruce with expectations of £8000-12,000 at Roseberys’ Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian Art sale on November 10.