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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 171

    A YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE 'MEDALLION' BOWL

    DAOGUANG UNDERGLAZE-BLUE SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-50)

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    A YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE 'MEDALLION' BOWL
    DAOGUANG UNDERGLAZE-BLUE SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-50)
    Brightly enamelled around the exterior with three medallions enclosing rams resting and cavorting in a garden setting, each medallion interspersed by a vase with flowers surrounded by auspicious objects, all reserved on a bright yellow sgraffiato ground, the interior finely painted in shades of cobalt blue with a central medallion enclosing further rams and surrounded by flowering stems
    5¾ in. (15 cm.) diam.


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    The subject of the three rams in a field or garden setting was a popular theme referring to the yang principle in yinyang cosmology. The Chinese word for sun is taiyang, and that for ram is yang, a pun on the yang of yinyang. As such, the three rams, sanyang, made an allusion to the auspicious phrase sanyang kaitai, 'the beginnings of good fortune', which refers to the rebirth of nature in spring and the coming of renewed prosperity, as well as to the three Daoist gods known as the Sanyangsheng.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH COLLECTOR