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A RARE PAIR OF MING-STYLE YELLOW-GROUND BLUE AND WHITE DISHES

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A RARE PAIR OF MING-STYLE YELLOW-GROUND BLUE AND WHITE DISHES ENCIRCLED YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARKS AND OF THE PERIOD Each decorated in the centre with a bouquet of ribbon-tied lotus and water weeds, surrounded by a composite foliate scroll in the well and a classic scroll at the rim, repeated below a similar frieze on the exterior and a key-fret border just below the rim, all painted in cobalt-blue of rich tone with simulated 'heaping and piling' reserved on an opaque lemon-yellow ground, the formal borders under a glaze of translucent pale green tone (one with short rim hairline) 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.) diam., box (2)

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Previously sold in these Rooms, October 1995, lot 784A.

One of a pair of Yongzheng dishes of this size was included in the Kau Chi Society Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong, 1981, Catalogue, no. 155, and the pair was sold in our London Rooms, 10-13 December 1982, lot 526. A similar Yongzheng-marked dish was sold in our New York Rooms, 3 December 1992, lot 339; and another from the collection of Mrs. James Alsdorf sold in these Rooms, 23 March 1993, lot 739.

The design of the lotus bouquet originates from the early Ming blue and white dishes, examples of which are illustrated in Ming & Ch'ing Porcelain from the Collection of the T. Y. Chao Family Foundation, Catalogue, pl. 4; in the National Palace Museum, Taibei, Special Exhibition of Early Ming Porcelain, Catalogue, fig. 39; and another from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey, pl. 397.

(US$100,000-130,000)

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