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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 575

    A PAIR OF AUBERGINE-GLAZED BOWLS

    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

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    A PAIR OF AUBERGINE-GLAZED BOWLS
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Each with rounded sides, covered inside and out with a glaze of deep bluish-purple color falling to the edge of the ring foot
    4 13/16 in. (12.3 cm.) diam. (2)


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    John Ayers illustrates a similar bowl in The Baur Collection, vol. III, Geneva, 1972, no. A 474, where he proposes that "the occurence of the K'ang hsi reign mark on finely-made bowls and dishes having this rich purple glaze points to the likelihood of their having been made for Court use."
    Other similar bowls have been included in various exhibitions: Chinesische Keramik, Meisterwerke aus Privatsammlungen, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, 1988, p. 168, no. 122; Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 9 June - 2 August 1992, p. 355, no. 222; and The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics IV; Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 16, one of a pair later sold in these rooms, 22 March 1999, lot 319.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890 - 1920s, thence by descent within the family.