An Underglaze Blue And Copper-Red 'Lotus' Dish. Kangxi Mark and of the Period. hoto Christies Image Ltd 2012

The interior is moulded in the shape of a lotus with two rows of fifteen copper-red and underglaze blue petals radiating from a central medalion encircled by a ruyi border and enclosing a shou character, the exterior with Sanscrit characters in panels alternating with floral sprigs above a row of moulded petals, the base with the eight-character mark Kangxi renzi Zhonghe Tang zhi that translates "made for the Zhonghe hall in the renzi year of Kangxi", corresponding to 1672. 8¼ in. (21.1 cm.) diam. Estimate £10,000 - £15,000

Provenance: Formerly, property of a New York family.
Sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 24 November 1981, lot 271.
With Ralph M.Chait, New York.

Notes: A similar example also dated to 1672 is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, number AK-RBK-15946.


Christie's. Chinese. 9 November 2012. London, South Kensington