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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 400

    A FAMILLE ROSE RUBY-BACK SEMI-EGGSHELL SOUP PLATE

    YONGZHENG PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A FAMILLE ROSE RUBY-BACK SEMI-EGGSHELL SOUP PLATE
    YONGZHENG PERIOD
    Finely enamelled with a seated lady before a table laden with scrolls and other scholar's objects, attended by two young children, one holding a ruyi sceptre, the cavetto alternating panels of scrolling lotus and dragons, the rim with flower cartouches on a cell-pattern ground
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) diameter


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    See W. B. Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1927, pl. 88, for the almost identical plate in the Salting Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and p. 53, where the author says the border design has "an effect of almost bewildering intricacy ... such a plate ... is a masterpiece, and shows an admirable fluency of line. These profuse but finely articulated designs reveal qualities of art of no mean order ...." Cf. Howard and Ayers, op. cit., vol. I, p. 163, pl. 149, and the example in the Mottahedeh collection, Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 166.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 6 April 1998, lot 135
    with David Currie