• 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 371

    A VERY RARE IMPERIAL FAMILLE ROSE 'MILLE FLEURS' BOWL

    YONGZHENG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN BLUE ENAMEL WITHIN A DOUBLE SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

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    A VERY RARE IMPERIAL FAMILLE ROSE 'MILLE FLEURS' BOWL
    YONGZHENG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN BLUE ENAMEL WITHIN A DOUBLE SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
    The deep sides rising to a slightly everted rim, the exterior finely enameled with an allover design of a multitude of flowers including large sprays of lotus, tree and herbaceous peony, surrounded by the delicate stems of various flowers, all reserved on a white ground
    4 in. (10.2 cm.) diam.


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    The Chinese term for 'mille fleurs' is jiacai (mingled colors). This decoration can be seen on a very similar bowl with blue enamel Yongzheng four-character mark in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Falangcai, Fencai: Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, vol. 39, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 15. One from the Edward T. Chow Collection is illustrated by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain, London, 1987, p. 102, pl. 146. See, also, the bowl sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28 October 2002, lot 606.

    Provenance

    Yamanaka & Co., Osaka, 1961.
    John Yeon Collection, Portland, Oregon.