15 - 16 March 2015
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF REVEREND ISAAC TAYLOR HEADLAND AND DR. MIRIAM SINCLAIR HEADLAND
A PAIR OF SMALL IRON-RED-DECORATED 'BAT' DISHES
TONGZHI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1862-1874)
Each is decorated on the interior with five bats (wufu) forming a circle with their outstretched wings, below twelve bats in various attitudes of flight in the cavetto. The exterior is similarly decorated with eight bats, all within blue double line borders.
5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) diam.
Reverend Isaac Taylor Headland Collection (1859-1942), and thence by descent within the family.
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A similar 'bat' dish, also from the Tongzhi period, was sold at Christie's New York, 22-23 March 2012, lot 2084.
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