• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 386

    A RARE DOUCAI MOLDED MALLOW-FORM DISH

    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

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    A RARE DOUCAI MOLDED MALLOW-FORM DISH
    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
    With gently rounded sides molded as eight petals radiating from a shou character in the center to the shaped rim, the petals painted with a dense pattern of scrolling green tendrils bearing lingzhi and smaller shou characters, this pattern reinterpreted in a narrow band on the otherwise white exterior
    8 1/16 in. (20.4 cm.) diam., box


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    While Yongzheng period dishes of this form are known, those in the doucai palette appear to be quite rare. Compare the Yongzheng mark and period yellow-glazed mallow-form dish of slightly larger size (27.7 cm.) in the Zhuyuetang Collection, illustrated in Shimmering Colors: Monochromes of the Yuan to Qing Periods, Hong Kong, 2005, pp. 200-1, no. 125.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY