• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 211

    A DOUCAI 'BIRTHDAY' DISH

    YONGZHENG UNDERGLAZE BLUE SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-35)

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    A DOUCAI 'BIRTHDAY' DISH
    YONGZHENG UNDERGLAZE BLUE SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-35)
    Delicately painted and enamelled to the interior with five bats flying around a gnarled peach branch bearing nine fruits and issuing from a cliff face above waves breaking onto rocks, the exterior with longyan sprays, the fruit with shou characters dividing pairs of confronted bats
    6½ in. (16.7 cm.) diam.


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    An almost identical dish is illustrated by Kerr, Chinese Ceramics, Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911, pl. 86; see also another in the Exhibition of Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Hong Kong, 1973, no. 87. For yet another example of such 'birthday' dishes, see Bartholomew, 'Botanical Puns in Chinese Art from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco', Orientations, September, 1985, pp. 18-34, fig. 24. The author also explains the scene depicted invokes the traditional Chinese birthday greeting 'May your happiness be as deep as the Eastern Sea and may you live to be as old as the Southern Mountain'.

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