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A pair of yellow-glazed 'lotus' dishes. Qianlong seal marks and period..Photo Sotheby's

pair of yellow-glazed 'lotus' dishes;. Qianlong seal marks and period each with rounded sides rising from a slightly spreading foot, the exterior incised with twelve separate lotus sprays borne on curvy stems with feathery leaves, covered overall with a rich yellow glaze, the base left white and inscribed with a six-character Qianlong seal mark; Quantity: 2  6 26.8cm., 10 1/2 in.  Estimate 150,000-200,000 GBP

The Cartwright collection of Qing monochrome wares

NOTE: The present dishes are remarkable for their large yet thinly potted bodies which are evenly covered in a glossy rich imperial yellow glaze. Moreover, it is unusual to find dishes of this size decorated with an engraved design of lotus sprays; compare a Yongzheng mark and period dish, but incised with eight lotus sprays and of much smaller dimensions, sold in these rooms, 8th July 1974, lot 321, again in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th May 1980, lot 112, and a third time at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st December 2010, lot 2822, from the Greenwald collection.

This lotus design can also be found on yellow-ground dishes with the lotus sprays picked out in green enamel; a Qianlong dish of this size and design was sold at Christie's London, 1st December 1997, lot 124; and a pair of smaller dishes with eight sprays, was sold at Christie's New York, 15th September 2009, lot 373. For the Yongzheng prototype to these green enamelled dishes, see a slightly smaller example with ten lotus flowers, included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1992, cat. no. 147.

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