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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1875

    A FINE AND RARE GREEN AND YELLOW-ENAMELLED BOWL

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    A FINE AND RARE GREEN AND YELLOW-ENAMELLED BOWL
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    With steeply rounded sides resting on a tall foot, the exterior incised and enamelled in green on a yellow ground with birds in flight among upright branches issuing ripe peaches and emerging from pierced rockwork, all below a double line border at the rim, the mark written in aubergine to the slightly concave base
    4 3/4 in. (12.2 cm.) diam., box


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    Kangxi bowls of this exact design and fine quality appear to be very rare. Compare with a bowl of the same size and decoration in the Shanghai Museum illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Ware from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, p. 303, no. 197. A Kangxi-marked bowl of identical design was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 1 November 1994, lot 221.

    A number of bowls of related design but with more formal and stylised decoration, and often with a cross-hatched border below the rim, have been sold at auction. Compare the present example with a bowl illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics IV, Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 112 .

    The design is much more commonly found in later reigns during the Qing dynasty such as Yongzheng-marked examples including a bowl illustrated by J. Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, no. 210; a pair illustrated in the Catalogue of Old Oriental Ceramics, Tokyo National Museum, 1953, no. 212; and a single bowl sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 4 November 1996, lot 788.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A CHINESE AMERICAN FAMILY