A fine doucai 'Floral' dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng


Lot 3096. A fine doucai 'Floral' dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 20 cm, 7 7/8  in. Estimate 900,000 - 1,200,000 HKDLot sold 1,240,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.

finely potted with shallow everted sides supported on a straight foot, brightly painted in tones of iron-red, yellow and green enamels within underglaze blue outlines, the interior centred by a shou symbol wreathed in a floral garland of alternating pomegranate and suspended bouquets of florets and chrysanthemum, all divided and enclosed by interlaced strapworks within a double-line border repeated at the rim, the underside similarly decorated with lush clusters of composite flowers enclosed in strapwork frames formed of interlinked foliate scrolls, between double lines encircling the rim and foot, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within double circles.

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th April 1992, lot 212

Note: The present piece is notable for the elegant design of stylised foliage and flower sprays which perfectly complements the form and hue of the celadon glaze. A closely related stem dish, from the collection of Mrs. Frances Collins, was sold in our New York rooms, 23rd October 1976, lot 270; another was sold in our London rooms, 24th July 1973, lot 413; and a third example was sold twice at Christie’s Hong Kong, 8th October 1990, lot 470, and 27th May 2009, lot 1891. Compare also a Qianlong stem dish of this form, but without the moulded decoration, sold in these rooms, 9th October 2012, lot 3045.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2013