Lot 1. A rare small famille-rose and pink-enamelled bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng; 9.3 cm., 3 5/8 in. Estimate 900,000-1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 3,620,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's
of delicately potted hemispherical form supported on a tapered foot, finely painted on the white interior with rose-pink cherries, purplish-blue plums, and other fruits in shades of green and yellow, all scattered loosely on the interior, the exterior covered in a bright carnation-pink enamel, the white base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a single ring.
EXHIBITED: Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, The British Museum, London, 1994.
LITTERATURE: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2, no. 957.
NOTE: Bowls of this type began to be made in the last years of the Kangxi reign and are among the earliest famille-rose pieces, which used the newly introduced rose-pink and puce enamels. The present design, with its depiction of fruit inside, perhaps meant to evoke the healthy, aromatic infusions that are flavoured with dried fruit and spices, is better known from cups with more straight conical sides and a wider base, dating from the Kangxi reign; see, for example, a pair from the collection of Paul and Helen Bernat, sold in these rooms, 15th November 1988, lot 49; or a pair from the collection of T.Y Chao, sold in these rooms, 29th November 1977, lot 155 and again 18th November 1986, lot 131.
The present shape is unusual for cups of this type, with painted decoration inside, and better known from monochrome pieces such as the turquoise bowl in the Meiyintang collection, lot 2
Sotheby's. The Meiyintang Collection, Part III - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains, Hong Kong, 04 avr. 2012