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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1820

    A FINE AND RARE IMPERIAL FAMILLE VERTE CORAL-GROUND BOWL

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    A FINE AND RARE IMPERIAL FAMILLE VERTE CORAL-GROUND BOWL
    KANGXI YUZHI RUBY ENAMEL FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE-SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    The deep slightly flared sides finely painted with exotic flowers and vegetation rising from the foot rim, the flowers including peony, dianthus, daisy and lily in aubergine, yellow, pale blue and shades of green enamels, all with delicately drawn black and iron-red outlines on a rich coral-red ground, the centre of the interior naturalistically painted with a peanut, loquat, hazelnut, melon seed and other fruit, the base bearing the ruby-enamel mark
    4 3/4 in. (12.2 cm.) diam., box


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    There are only two other known examples of this type of bowl with a ruby-enamel Kangxi yuzhi mark, and the depiction of fruits and nuts on the interior, the first, possibly the pair to the present bowl sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2005, lot 1263; another from the collection of The Tsui Museum of Art, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 September 1992, lot 575.

    The famille verte decoration on the exterior is seen on several bowls with underglaze-blue Kangxi yuzhi marks, including one illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, p. 140, figs. 95-1 and 95-2; one in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated by H. Moss, By Imperial Command, Hong Kong, 1976, pl. 74; and another sold in these Rooms, 1 November 2004, lot 888.

    Although scattered fruit and nuts are rarely found on bowls of this type, they are, nevertheless, seen on other Kangxi-marked bowls and cups, mostly those with ruby-enamelled exteriors. Compare with the pair of ruby-back winecups from the T. Y. Chao Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18 November 1986, lot 131; another pair from the Paul and Helen Bernat Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15 November 1988, lot 49; and one more pair from the Ton-Ying Collection of 1930, sold at the American Art Association, Anderson Galleries Inc., New York, 24 January 1930, lot 310. The execution of the fruits and nuts on the Tsui Museum bowl and the present example is finer and more naturalistic than on the ruby-back examples.

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