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A FINE DOUCAI 'LOTUS POND' DISH
THE PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE GENTLEMAN
A FINE DOUCAI 'LOTUS POND' DISH

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A FINE DOUCAI 'LOTUS POND' DISH
YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

Delicately pencilled and enamelled to the interior with a pair of mandarin ducks on rippling water swimming on either side of a large lotus cluster, the exterior similarly decorated with two further pairs of ducks alternating with flowering lotus below a border of striding green, yellow and aubergine five-clawed dragons in pursuit of 'flaming pearls'
6 3/4in. (17.5cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Provenance
Mayuyama, Tokyo

Lot Essay

Compare to a pair of similar dishes illustrated by E.T. Chow and F.S. Drake "Kuan-Yao and Min-Yao, A Study on Imperial Porcelain and People's Porcelain from K'ang-hsi to the end of the Ch'ing Dynasty", Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, XIII, 1959, pl. I, figs. I and 2.

Another pair of dishes was exhibited and illustrated in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, Catalogue, no. 85; and again in Ming and Ch'ing Porcelain from the Collection of the T.Y. Chao Family Foundation, Hong Kong, 1978, Catalogue, no. 62, and subsequently sold at Sotheby's Hong Hong, 19 May 1987, lot 268.

A single dish of this pattern can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics in the World's Great Collections, 1982, vol. 11, no. 144. Another from the Christina Loke Balsara Collection is illustrated in Laszlo Legeze, 'Ming and Ch'ing Imperial Tou-Ts'ai and Wu-Ts'ai Porcelains', Arts of Asia, September/October 1979, p. 102, and sold in these Rooms, 19 January 1988, lot no. 294

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