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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2203

    A PAIR OF GREEN-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE PRUNUS-SHAPED NARCISSUS TRAYS TONGZHI EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

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    A PAIR OF GREEN-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE PRUNUS-SHAPED NARCISSUS TRAYS TONGZHI EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

    Each of penta-lobed vessels raised on five low tab-feet, the vertical sides brightly enamelled to depict magpies variously perched on prunus branches and in flight amidst camellia, inscribed in iron-red below the mouth rim with the characters, Dayazhai, beside the Tian Di Yi Jia Chun sealmark, all reserved on opaque green-ground, the broad wide mouth rim with a blue enamel keyfret band, the interior applied evenly with turquoise enamel, the base with a transparent glaze bearing an iron-red Yong Qing Chang Chun mark
    7 3/5 in. (18.8 cm.) across, boxes (2)


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    A tray of this same shape but decorated with a blue-ground from the Beijing Palace Museum collection is illustrated in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, pp. 155 (fig. 1). According to the note accompanying the sketch, four pairs of blue, light blue and green-ground trays of this shape and pattern were commissioned, op. cit., p. 154, no. 28.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RONALD W. LONGSDORF


    Literature

    Ronald W. Longsdorf, 'Dayazhai Ware: Porcelains of the Empress Dowager, Orientations, March 1992, p. 50, fig. 12