• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1918

    A FINE AND RARE DOUCAI CONICAL 'SWALLOW' BOWL AND COVER

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND RARE DOUCAI CONICAL 'SWALLOW' BOWL AND COVER
    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

    The deep bowl and rounded cover each similarly decorated with a green and blue swallow perched on a thick flowering prunus branch entwined with branches of flowering hibiscus above a butterfly, the reverse with a descending swallow, all in tones of green, aubergine, and iron-red, the rims encircled by double-line borders
    8 1/8 in. (21 cm.) wide, box


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    Compare to a very similar example with gilt rims in the Palace Museum collection, Beijing, illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, no. 223; another Yongzheng bowl and cover of this pattern in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha Series, vol. 8, 1982, col. pl. 65; other bowls in public collections include the British Museum example, illustrated by R.L. Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, pl. LV, fig. 1; and the Shanghai Museum example, illustrated in Chugoku Toji Zenshu, vol. 21, pl. 104.

    Provenance

    Previously sold:
    Sotheby' s London, 9 July 1974, lot 436
    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 November 1977, lot 178
    The Jingguantang Collection, Christie's Hong Kong, 3 November 1996, lot 578


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    The Tsui Museum of Art, 1991, pl. 113.
    The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, 1995, vol. IV, pl. 128.


    Exhibited

    Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Joint exhibition by the Urban Council, and the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1995/1996, Catalogue, pl. 178