19 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 50,000
Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
AN UNUSUAL CELADON-GROUND FAMILLE VERTE BOWL AND COVER
KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
The bowl with deep flaring sides painted on the exterior with a leafy stem of red Chinese lantern plant, bearing one flower and a few iron-red 'lanterns' (husks), one shown open to expose the iron-red fruit within, with further lanterns and fruit on the reverse, the domed cover similarly decorated below the circular handle, all reserved on a celadon ground below a brown-dressed rim, with a small stylized flower head in underglaze blue in the center of the interior of the bowl and cover
4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) diam.
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
A very similar bowl and cover in the Qing Court Collection is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 38 - Porcelain in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, no. 152.
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890 - 1920s, thence by descent within the family.
New York sales achieve the highest-ever total for the auction series — a remarkable $332,783,188
Specialist Tristan Bruck advises on how to identify valuable pieces in different styles and materials from across Asia
Chinese ceramics and works of art specialist Vicki Paloympis offers tips on how to start a collection