• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1440

    A SET OF FOUR RARE GRISAILLE AND PALE IRON-RED-DECORATED DEEP DISHES

    DE CHENG ZHAI ZHI FOUR-CHARACTER HALL MARKS IN IRON-RED, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A SET OF FOUR RARE GRISAILLE AND PALE IRON-RED-DECORATED DEEP DISHES
    DE CHENG ZHAI ZHI FOUR-CHARACTER HALL MARKS IN IRON-RED, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Each with steep sides rising to a slightly flared, rounded rim, delicately decorated in a painterly technique in grisaille and shades of iron red with a different mountainous landscape scene, perhaps representing the four seasons, the mark written in a line on the base
    7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diam., box (4)


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    The inscription on the base of these four dishes, De Cheng Zhai zhi, may be translated as 'Made for the Studio of Virtue and Honesty', and appears on porcelains ranging in date from the Qianlong to the Daoguang reigns. Geng Baochang notes in Ming Qing ciqi jianding, Beijing, 1993, p. 384, the appearance of the De Cheng Zhai mark on a dish from the Qianlong period decorated with grisaille landscapes.

    Provenance

    Frank Caro/C.T. Loo, New York.
    Property from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Breece III; Christie's, New York, 18 September 2003, lot 373.


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