15 September 2009
PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY
AN UNUSUAL FRAMED BLUE AND WHITE AND BISCUIT WALL PLAQUE
The porcelain plaque painted in underglaze blue with a border of archaistic scroll and foliate scroll spandrels framing two shaped recessed panels left in the biscuit and carved in high relief leaving the decoration reserved in white against a black ground, one of fan shape with a pair of birds amidst chrysanthemum, the other of quatrefoil shape with a pair of ducks swimming below a flowering peach branch, the frame carved in operwork with double-gourd vine
21½ x 16½ in. (54.6 x 42 cm.) framed
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.
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