A reserve-decorated café-au-lait bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

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Lot 8. A reserve-decorated café-au-lait bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 15.4 cm., 6 1/8 in. Estimate 800,000-1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,700,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's

the round flaring sides decorated on the exterior with incised flowering hibiscus and chrysanthemum branches reserved in white against a tan glaze, all beneath a glossy transparent glaze, the interior and base left plain white, the base inscribed with a sixcharacter reign mark in underglaze blue within a double ring

PROVENANCE: Sotheby's London, 9th June 1987, lot 298.
Sotheby's Hong Kong 16th November 1988, lot 402.

EXHIBITEDChinese 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. 814.

NOTE: This bowl appears to be unique, but a related smaller bowl decorated with the sanduo in similar white reserves on a café-au-lait coloured ground, was sold in these rooms 28th April 1992, lot 243, and is now in the Nezu Museum, Tokyo, illustrated in Nezu Bijutsukan zōhin sen:  Kōgei hen / Catalogue of Selected Masterpieces from the Nezu Collections: Decorative Art, Tokyo, 2001, pl. 104; another from the collection of Lorant Goldschlager was sold at Christie's London, 4th June 1973, lot 201 and 15th June 1998, lot 150. The same technique was also used for a dish of Yongzheng mark and period in the Palace Museum, Beijing, with three fish reserved in white on a café-au-lait ground, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 242, pl. 71.

Sotheby's. The Meiyintang Collection, Part III - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains, Hong Kong | 04 avr. 2012