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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2219

    A YELLOW-GROUND GRISAILLE DECORATED BOWL

    Price Realised  

    A YELLOW-GROUND GRISAILLE DECORATED BOWL
    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

    Each with rounded sides rising to gently everted mouth rims, decorated in grisaille with a bird perched on a wisteria branch, amidst rose blossoms growing to the sides, inscribed in iron-red below the mouth rim with three characters, Dayazhai, beside the Tian Di Yi Jia Chun sealmark, all reserved on a yellow-ground, further decorated with narrow gilt band on the mouth rim and repeated above the circular foot, the base bearing an iron-red Yong Qing Chang Chun mark
    4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam., box


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    Compare the same composition of the design with similar ceramics enamelled with a turquoise-ground, illustrated in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, pp. 207-209. Also see the original draft of the pattern, depicting a white-browed thrush perched on flowering wisteria branch, op. cit., p. 206. An example is in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by R. Longsdorf, 'Dayazhai Ware: Porcelains of the Empress Dowager', Orientations, 1992, p. 55, fig. 26.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RONALD W. LONGSDORF