Lot 3. A blue and white 'fish' dish, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368); 40cm, 15 3/4 in. Estimate 150,000-200,000 GBP. Lot sold 674,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.
sturdily potted with rounded sides rising from a short foot to an everted barbed rim, painted with vivid shades of cobalt-blue to the interior with a fish swimming amongst waterweeds and other aquatic plants, all encircled by a meandering lotus scroll and a diaper band at the rim, the exterior decorated with a lappet band
Note: The motif of a fish swimming amongst waterweeds is a classic Yuan design and the present example belongs to a less-common group characterised by their barbed rims. Compare a smaller dish with a wavy rim, also depicting fish amongst weeds, included in Ye Peilan, Yuandai ciqi, Beijing, 1998, pl. 117. A circular dish depicting a related fish is published in Blue and White Ceramics of the World, vol. 1, Kyoto, 1981, pl. 37.
A number of dishes of similar fish design are preserved although they vary considerably in their execution; a similar example in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. II, London, 1986, pl. 568; one in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, is published inChugoku no toji. Gen Min no seika, vol. 8, Tokyo, 1995, pl. 15; another with the character chun (spring) incised on the fish before glazing, formerly in the Ardabil Shrine and now in the National Museum of Iran, Tehran, is included in John Alexander Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Washington D.C., 1956, pl. 9; and a fourth example from the Meiyintang collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 635, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 17.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. London | 06 nov. 2013