A RARE PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS
A RARE PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS
A RARE PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS
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A RARE PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS

SHENDE TANG ZHI MARK IN IRON-RED, DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-1850)

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A RARE PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE BOWLS
SHENDE TANG ZHI MARK IN IRON-RED, DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-1850)
The deep, rounded sides of each bowl are delicately decorated in famille rose enamels on one side with a pair of mandarin ducks swimming amidst a lotus pond.
5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Imperial Oriental Art, New York, 1993.

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Lot Essay

Shendetang is a hall mark associated with a range of fine porcelains made for the Hall for the Cultivation of Virtue, a summer residence of the Emperor Daoguang.

In Designs as Signs: Decoration and Chinese Ceramics, Percival David Foundation, London, 2001, Stacey Pierson explains that pairs of mandarin ducks, yuan yang, represent marital fidelity or harmony as they are said to mate for life. In association with lotus, homophonous with the word for harmony (he), they can represent a wish for sons.

Compare the single Shende Tang-marked bowl and cover with a similar design of a pair of mandarin ducks in a lotus pond sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5-6 December 1978, lot 1016, and again on 3-4 December 2015, lot 513.

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