A FINE FAMILLE ROSE YELLOW-BACK 'POPPY' DISH
A FINE FAMILLE ROSE YELLOW-BACK 'POPPY' DISH
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A FINE FAMILLE ROSE YELLOW-BACK 'POPPY' DISH

YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735), THE ENAMELS POSSIBLY LATER

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A FINE FAMILLE ROSE YELLOW-BACK 'POPPY' DISH
YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735), THE ENAMELS POSSIBLY LATER
The interior of the dish is finely decorated with pink poppy sprays, blue asters and rocks, below a poetic inscription and three red seals each containing two characters. The exterior is applied with a bright lemon yellow enamel.
8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby's London, 19 June 2002, lot 50

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Lot Essay

The interior of the dish is finely decorated with pink poppy sprays, blue asters and rocks, below a poetic inscription which eulogises the fragrance and brilliant colours of the flowers, and three red seals each containing two characters reading jia li (beauty), si shi (four seasons) and chang chun (eternal spring) respectively. The exterior is applied with a bright lemon yellow enamel.

Compare the present lot to a pair of Yongzheng mark and period falangcai dishes decorated with poppies and poetic inscriptions in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei; one is illustrated in Portrayals from a Brush Divine. A Special Exhibition on the Tricentennial of Giuseppe Castigliones Arrival in China, Taipei, 2015, cat. no. II-05, and the other is illustrated in Special Exhibition of Ching Dynasty Enamelled Porcelains of the Imperial Ateliers, Taipei, 1992, cat. no. 98. Also see a Yongzheng period dish decorated in falangcai together with a copy painted in the Republican period, illustrated by Geng Baochang in Ming Qing Ciqi Jianding, Hong Kong, 1993, p. 249, figs 426 & 427.

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