20 - 21 March 2014
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
AN UNUSUAL WUCAI 'AUSPICIOUS EMBLEM' BOWL
KANGXI/YONGZHENG PERIOD (1662-1735)
The bowl is delicately potted with shallow, rounded sides, and the convex center is decorated with a lotus spray beneath a ribbon-tied auspicious emblem, within a petal border below six of the bajixiang painted in pale blue outlined in iron red in the well. The exterior is decorated with four small sprays of cockscomb alternating with insects, all within double-line borders. The base is inscribed with an apocryphal Wanli mark.
3¾ in. (9.6 cm.) diam., cloth box
J.M. Hu Collection.
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A pair of bowls of this rare pattern, also with Wanli marks, but dating to dating to the Kangxi/Yongzheng period, from the Gordon Collection, was sold at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011, lot 1140.
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