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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2202

    A RARE PAIR OF BLUE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE FAN-SHAPED NARCISSUS TRAYS

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF BLUE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE FAN-SHAPED NARCISSUS TRAYS
    TONGZHI EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

    Each modelled in the shape of fan, raised on five low feet, decorated on the exterior sides with three butterflies in flight amidst peach blossoms, inscribed below the mouth rim in iron-red with Dayazhai and Tian Di Yi Jia Chun sealmarks, all reserved on rich blue-ground, the flat broad mouth rim with a blue enamel keyfret band, the interior applied with turquoise enamel, the base bearing the mark Yong Qing Chang Chun in iron-red
    10 in. (25.4 cm.) across, boxes (2)


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    An identical tray enamelled with peach blossoms in Beijing Palace Museum collection is illustrated in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, p. 183 (fig. 1). According to the note accompanying the sketch, four pairs of light blue, light green and transparent white-ground trays of this shape and pattern were commissioned, see op. cit., p. 182, no. 41.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RONALD W. LONGSDORF


    Literature

    Ronald W. Longsdorf, 'Dayazhai Ware: Porcelains of the Empress Dowager', Orientations, March 1992, p. 51, fig. 13


    Exhibited

    Ronald W. Longsdorf, 'Dayazhai Ware: Porcelains of the Empress Dowager', Orientations, March 1992, p.51, fig. 13