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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 508

    A PAIR OF UNUSUAL FAMILLE VERTE DISHES

    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF UNUSUAL FAMILLE VERTE DISHES
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
    With shallow rounded sides, each painted on the interior with a different fruiting and flowering branch, one a peach branch with blue roses at the base, the other pomegranate with asters, each beside a poem written in black with an iron-red seal, with gilt highlights, base with a seal mark, yuan, in underglaze blue within a double circle
    6¼ in. (16 cm.) diam. (2)


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    The couplets appearing on the current lot have been taken from Tang dynasty poems, and may be translated as follows:
    The color of the dew reflects on the curtains
    The fragrant wind is hiding the walls
    Pomegranate

    Returning the graces to the hunting gardens
    May the emperor live for a thousand years
    Peach blossom

    The couplets on both dishes are followed by the same seal, yuan, which also appears on the base.