• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 223

    A DAYAZHAI GRISAILLE-DECORATED RECTANGULAR PLANTER

    TONGZHI/EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

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    A DAYAZHAI GRISAILLE-DECORATED RECTANGULAR PLANTER
    TONGZHI/EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)
    The sides delicately decorated with a continuous scene with turnips, a small cricket perched on a turnip leaf, flying insects amidst flowering branches,with the characters Dayazhai, beside the Tian Di Yi Jia Chun seal mark, one of the sides reserved on a purple-enamelled ground, the other on a yellow-enamelled ground, the base with an iron-red four-character mark reading Yong Qing Chang Chun,
    8 in. (20.5 cm.) wide


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    The original design for this planter is preserved in the Palace Archives in Beijing, and the design is illustrated by Guo Xingkuan and Wang Guangyao, in Guanyang Yuci: Gugong bowuyuan cang Qingdai zhici guanyang yu Yuyao (Official Designs and Imperial Porcelain: The Palace Museum's Collection of Official Porcelain Designs and Porcelains from Imperial Kilns of the Qing Dynasty), Forbidden City Publishing, Beijing, 2007, p. 174, no. 34. Interestingly, the yellow note accompanying the design sketch says that four pairs of this design were made with yellow ground, four with purple ground, and four with white ground. It is possible, therefore, that the current planter may have been a sample piece, testing out the three different coloured grounds.

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