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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2213

    A YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE DOUBLE-LOBED NARCISSUS TRAY

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    A YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE DOUBLE-LOBED NARCISSUS TRAY
    TONGZHI/EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

    Of conjoined oval cross-section, supported on six low feet, decorated on the exterior with bright enamels to depict a bird in flight amidst wisteria, inscribed in iron-red below the mouth rim at one end with the characters, Dayazhai, beside the Tian Di Yi Jia Chun sealmark, all reserved on yellow-ground, the flat broad mouth rim with a blue enamel keyfret band, the interior evenly applied with turquoise enamel, the base bearing an iron-red Yong Qing Chang Chun mark
    8 15/16 in. (22.7 cm.) across


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 May, 1994, lot 244.

    The original outline drawing of this shape, illustrated above a sketch of the same wisteria pattern, is published in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, p.178, no. 38 (fig. 1). According to the note accompanying the sketch, four pairs of blue, yellow and white-ground trays of this shape and pattern were commissioned.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RONALD W. LONGSDORF


    Literature

    Ronald W. Longsdorf, 'Dayazhai Ware: Porcelains of the Empress Dowager', Orientations, March 1992, p. 52, figs. 18