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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1877

    A VERY RARE IRON-RED-DECORATED STEMBOWL AND COVER

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    A VERY RARE IRON-RED-DECORATED STEMBOWL AND COVER
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER IRON-RED SEALMARKS WITHIN DOUBLE-SQUARES AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The stembowl finely potted and vividly enamelled in iron-red with two winged dragons in pursuit of 'flaming pearls' amidst scattered flame motifs, the cover decorated with two dragons encircling the pierced finial modelled as a chicken, the underside of the cover and the centre of the interior of the stembowl each enamelled with a sealmark
    8 in. (20.3 cm.) high, Japanese wood box


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    Mr Kumasaku Tomita (1872-1953) was an influential figure in the world of Chinese and Japanese art at the beginning of the 20th century. He joined the famous Yamanaka Shokai dealership in London in 1903 and went on to head their London branch. Mr Tomita worked with many great collectors of the time including Sir Percival David and Alfred Baur.

    The present covered bowl designed with unusual winged dragons is a continuation of those produced in the Kangxi period, such as the unmarked example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong Hong Kong, 1989, p. 84, no. 67.

    Cf. a single covered stembowl of this design in the Baur Collection, possibly the pair to this example, illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, volume 2, Geneva, 1999, pl. 245; and to one in Taiwan included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum: Ch'ien-lung Ware and Other Wares, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 25. A pair of stembowls of this pattern sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 1 November 1999, lot 373; another pair sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 639.

    Provenance

    Kumasaku Tomita


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Japanese Private Collector