London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
A FAMILLE ROSE 'LOTUS-VIEWING' LARGE DISH
YONGZHENG PERIOD (1723-1735)
Brightly enamelled and gilt to the centre with the emperor, empress and court ladies on a boat, surrounded by further ladies and attendants in smaller boats, all viewing the multitude of lotus blooms on a pond, within an elaborate band at the border of figural cartouches reserved on a seeded-green ground embellished with flowering branches
16 7/8 in. (43 cm.) diam.
With Salomon Stodel, Amsterdam, 22 October 1977, purchased at the 29th Art and Antiques Fair, held at the Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, Holland.
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