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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2216

    A PURPLE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE INGOT-SHAPED NARCISSUS TRAY

    Price Realised  

    A PURPLE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE INGOT-SHAPED NARCISSUS TRAY
    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

    Of ingot-shaped cross-section, supported on six tapered feet, decorated on the exterior with bright enamels depicting three bees in flight amidst stems of mallow and chrysanthemum, inscribed below the mouth rim with the characters, Dayazhai, beside the Tian Di Yi Jia Chun iron-red sealmark, all reserved on a rich purple-ground, the flat broad mouth rim with a blue enamel keyfret band, the interior applied evenly with turquoise enamel, the base bearing the characters, Yong Qing Chang Chun in iron-red
    8 3/8 in. (21.4 cm.) across, box


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    The original line drawing of this shape, illustrated above a sketch of the same pattern, is published in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, p.186-187, no. 43 (fig. 1). According to the note accompanying the sketch, four pairs of purple-ground and four pairs of pink-ground trays of this shape and pattern were commissioned.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RONALD W. LONGSDORF