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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 720

    A WUCAI SAUCER DISH

    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A WUCAI SAUCER DISH
    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD
    With rounded sides rising to an everted rim, the center decorated with a leaping dragon and descending phoenix contesting a flaming pearl amidst flower sprigs, below a band of lingzhi meander in the well, the exterior with eight ribbon-tied auspicious emblems
    6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diam., box


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    A nearly identical dish (17.6 cm. diam.) painted in wucai enamels with a dragon and a phoenix encircled by lingzhi scroll at the cavetto, and beribboned babao or 'eight treasures' on the exterior, was recently sold in Hong Kong, 31 October 2004, lot 19, with similar reignmark. Compare also a slightly larger dish (20.3 cm.) in the Baur Collection, with pairs of dragons chasing phoenixes at the cavetto and lotus scroll on the exterior, illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva: Chinese Ceramics, vol. II, Geneva, 1969, no. A199.

    Provenance

    Edward T. Chow.
    M.C. Wang Collection, China, formed through the 1940s, and thence by descent to the present owners.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN ASIAN FAMILY COLLECTION


    Literature

    H.D. Ling and E.T. Chow, Collection of Chinese Ceramics from the Hall of Leisurely Pastime, vol. II, Hong Kong, privately printed, 1950, no. 109.