• 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 360

    A VERY RARE AND FINE PAIR OF WUCAI FISH DISHES

    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

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    A VERY RARE AND FINE PAIR OF WUCAI FISH DISHES
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Each with shallow rounded sides, the interior decorated with a roundel of two iron-red carp leaping above aquatic plants within a border of five fish swimming amidst scattered flowers and waterweeds, repeated on the exterior within double blue line borders
    7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diam. (2)


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    It is exceptionally rare to find dishes of this design with Kangxi marks. Such dishes are more commonly found inscribed with the four-character mark Zai chuan Zhi le, (Rejoicing in the stream), and include an example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 38 - Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colors, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 146, no. 134; in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, p. 273, no. 179; in the Jingguantang Collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5 November 1997, lot 875; and the pair sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 2966. Kangxi-period dishes of this design with apocryphal Jiajing marks are also known, and include one in the Shanghai Museum, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, op. cit., p. 272, no. 178, and the pair sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27 May 2008, lot 1758.

    Provenance

    Virginia Frizzell Antiques, San Francisco, 1959.
    John Yeon Collection, Portland, Oregon.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the date line for this lot should read: KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A WEST COAST COLLECTION (LOTS 360-374)