Sturdily potted with shallow sides, the interior centre painted to depict a single branch of flowering pomegranate growing two large blooms in profile, detailed with leaves and buds, the cavetto with four fruiting branches including peach, lychee, persimmon and cherry blossom between double-cirle borders, the exterior with four evenly spaced lotus sprays, the reign mark written in a horizontal line under the everted mouth rim, underside base fired in the biscuit; 11 3/4 in. (29.6 cm.) diam., box - Estimate HK$300,000 - HK$400,000. Price Realized HK$2,660,000 ($343,939)
Provenance: Greenwald Collection, no. 77
Notes: Compare with two Chenghua-marked dishes of similar size and designed with this 'pomegranate' pattern: the first in the Shanghai Museum illustrated by Wang Qingzheng, Underglaze Blue & Red, Shanghai Museum, 1987, p. 90, col. pl. 80; and the other in the Matsuoka Museum of Art, illustrated in Selected Masterpieces of Oriental Ceramics, Japan, 1975, no. 58.
Two Chenghua examples both decora