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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 180

    A PAIR OF VERY RARE BLACK-GROUND GREEN-ENAMELLED DISHES

    UNDERGLAZE BLUE YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARKS WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1722-35)

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    A PAIR OF VERY RARE BLACK-GROUND GREEN-ENAMELLED DISHES
    UNDERGLAZE BLUE YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARKS WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1722-35)
    Each with shallow rounded sides rising from a short foot, the interior finely painted in 'silhouette-reserve' on a black ground and glazed a translucent emerald green with various insects amongst millet, blossoming peony and chrysanthemum branches issuing from rockwork, the reverse with a band of scrolling lotus and foliage
    7¾ in. (19.6 cm.) diam. (2)


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    This rare design belongs to a known but very small group of green and black wares including dishes and vases. A similar pair of dishes were sold Sotheby's London, 6 July 1971, lot 230. A pair of smaller dishes but with a single blossoming prunus branch growing across the centre from the rim and with the bajixiang around the exterior were sold Sotheby's Hong Kong, 23 May 1978, lot 164. Another similar dish is illustrated by John Ayers in The Baur Collection, vol. IV, pl. A568, where the central image of a bird perched among peonies on rockwork is surrounded by a lotus scroll around the well. Qianlong period examples illustrate a change in the basic design, where a border always surrounds the main field. A dish of smaller size, with flowering and fruiting plants issuing from rockwork now surrounded by a lotus scroll border repeated on the reverse was sold Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28 November 1978, lot 363. Another with birds and peonies surrounded by a panelled border containing scholars' objects and scrolling lotus around the reverse was sold in the same Rooms, 25 April 2004, lot 269. A much larger Qianlong dish was sold in these Rooms, 5 June 1995, lot 210, again with a pair of birds perching among peonies and rockwork, but surrounded by a broad border of the bajixiang within a lotus scroll. An ogee bowl of similar pattern was also sold in these Rooms, 11 June 1990, lot 269; a pear-shaped vase in Christie's Hong Kong, 1 May 1995, lot 660; and a smaller dish in these rooms, 9 November 2004, lot 179.

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    Provenance

    With John Sparks Ltd., London, 2nd May 1972


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot was formerly in the Barbara Hutton Collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE BRITISH COLLECTOR