• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1917

    A FINE IMPERIAL FAMILLE ROSE RUBY-GROUND SMALL BOWL

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    A FINE IMPERIAL FAMILLE ROSE RUBY-GROUND SMALL BOWL
    YONGZHENG YUZHI MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-SQUARES AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

    Finely enamelled around the rounded body with three large peony heads in blue, yellow and pink radiating upward from the base, surrounded by smaller flower heads in brilliant enamels, all reserved on a rich ruby ground of crushed raspberry-red tone
    3 5/8 in. (9.1 cm.) diam., box


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    It is rare to find Yongzheng yuzhi marks on bowls of this design. A similarly-decorated bowl of the same size is illustrated in Chinese Art and Design, The T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, 1991, pl. 92; another bowl of the same size but with a densely patterned floral design in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics, Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, 1986, pl. 93; two other examples in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, decorated with the four seasonal flowers, are illustrated in Fine Enamelled Porcelain of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Yung Cheng Period, Book II, 1967, pls. 34 and 35. A bowl of a smaller size, also from the T.Y. Chao collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, The Imperial Sale, 27 April 1997, lot 55.

    Cf. also a Yongzheng yuzhi bowl in the British Museum, illustrated by H. Moss, By Imperial Command, Hong Kong, 1976, pl. 5. The style of this decoration is similar to Qing period cloisonné enamelling on copper, and it has been suggested that the porcelain for such pieces were sent from Jingdezhen to be enamelled at the Palace Workshops in Beijing, opi cit., p. 33.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 5 November 1997, lot 910; The T. Y. Chao Collection, Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18 November 1986, lot 130


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    Sotheby's Hong Kong, Twenty Years, 1993, pl. 221.