8 November 2005
A LARGE RARE FAMILLE ROSE PUNCH BOWL
YONGZHENG/EARLY QIANLONG, CIRCA 1735-45
Finely and richly decorated with a continuous scene on the exterior depicting three cockerels, a hen and five chicks on a grassy bank beside large pink, pale yellow and white peony blooms, and two black and white birds perched on a long branch of roses, the centre of the interior with a chrysanthemum spray with blooms picked out in shades of white, pale yellow and pink, beside a spray of flowering foliage with realistic worm holes in the shaded pink petals, and a smaller spray of yellow daisies, below a gilt-ground scrolling lotus band reserved with four cartouches of rose alternating with lily and daisy, and a grisaille cell-pattern band below the rim, rim crack
15½ in. (39.4 cm.) diam.
Label: Lent by Young and Pirie, No. 383.
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An almost identical bowl was in the Mottahedeh collection, illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol. I, no. 137, p. 155.
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