• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 392

    A FINE PAIR OF DOUCAI MARRIAGE BOWLS

    JIAQING SEAL MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)

    Price Realised  

    A FINE PAIR OF DOUCAI MARRIAGE BOWLS
    JIAQING SEAL MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)
    Each with deep rounded sides, the interior decorated with a medallion enclosing a pair of Mandarin ducks, one in flight, the other swimming in a pond with flowering lotus below a band of lanca script at the rim, the exterior with a continuous scene of three further pairs of ducks in a lotus pond below a band of scaly dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam. (2)


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    A bowl of this pattern, also with Jiaqing mark, is illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 369.
    See, also, the Catalogue of Special Exhibition of Cheng-hua Period Porcelain, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1984, where four bowls of this pattern are illustrated, variously bearing the reign marks of Qianlong, Jiaqing, Daoguang (in underglaze blue only), and one with an apochryphal Chenghua mark.

    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that one of these bowls is in fine condition and the other has a few small hairlines.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY