A FINE LARGE TURQUOISE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE BOWL
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A FINE LARGE TURQUOISE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE BOWL

TONGZHI/EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)

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A FINE LARGE TURQUOISE-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE BOWL
TONGZHI/EARLY GUANGXU PERIOD (1862-1908)
The bowl with rounded sides decorated in the famille rose palette with a bird perched on a wisteria branch, amidst blossoming rose branches growing to the sides, the flowering wisteria extending over the rim and extending into the interior. Below the mouth rim is inscribed in iron-red with the characters, Dayazhai, beside a Tian Di Yi Jia Chun seal mark, all on a pale turquoise-ground, further decorated with narrow gilt band on the mouth rim, repeated above the ring foot. The base bears the iron-red Yongqing Changchun mark.
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Georg Weishaupt, Berlin
Sold at Christie's London, 10 December 1984, lot 955
The collection of Ronald W. Longsdorf, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 December 2008, lot 2208
Literature
Gunhild Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure, Chinese Porcelain from the 19th & 20th Century, 1987, p. 112, no. 161
Ronald W. Longsdorf, 'Dayazhai Ware: Porcelains of the Empress Dowager', Orientations, p. 46, fig. 1

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Lot Essay

The present bowl is possibly one of the Sir Nicholas O'Conor bowls described in Bushell's Oriental Ceramic Art, 1896, pp.46-47. This is suggested by J.H. Myrtle (in correspondence with R. W. Longsdorf in 1984) in response to the quality of the bowl and in collaboration with the statement in Christie's London December 1984 catalogue footnote to lot 955 that the piece was 'acquired by a diplomat prior to his death in 1902.'

O'Conor was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1843. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1866. He had a variety of postings, including Secretary of Legation at Beijing from 1883-1886, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the Emperor of China from 1892-1895.

The original sketch of a jardiniere of this pattern is illustrated, in Guanyang Yuci, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2007, p. 206, no. 50 (fig. 1).

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