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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2214

    A PAIR OF TURQUOISE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF TURQUOISE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS
    TONGZHI EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

    Each with rounded sides rising to slightly flared rims, decorated in the famille rose palette with a bird perched on a wisteria branch, rising above herbaceous blossoming roses growing around the sides, inscribed in iron-red below the mouth rim with the characters, Dayazhai, beside the Tian Di Yi Jia Chun sealmark, all reserved on opaque turquoise-ground, the interior with a transparent glaze, further embellished with a narrow gilt band encircling the mouth rim and repeated above the ring foot, the base bearing the characters, Yong Qing Chang Chun in iron-red
    4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam., box (2)


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    The draft of this pattern depicting a single bird, most probably a white-browed thrush, perched on a wisteria branch amidst roses is published in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, p.206, p. 209. This design is also found on a number of vessels in the Palace Museum collection including jardinieres, zhadou, planters, tazzas, bowls, and a circular box, op. cit., pp. 207-209.

    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.45-46, fig. 39