15 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 52,500
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
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.
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.
PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY