A small blue and white deep bowl, Shunzhi period, (1644-1661)

 

A small blue and white deep bowl, Shunzhi period, (1644-1661)Estimate $6,000 - $8,000Price Realized $6,875 . Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The small bowl is decorated in deep tones of cobalt blue on either side of the exterior with a dancing lady amidst scattered blossoms. The interior is decorated with a central medallion containing a small boy amidst similar blossoms and beneath a lappet border. The base bears a six-character mark qi shi bao ding zhi zhen ('precious as a treasuredding of rare stone´) within a double circle. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diam.

ProvenanceSpink & Son, Ltd., London, 1986.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

NotesThe dancing ladies on this bowl make graceful use of their long, elegant sleeves. As they appear to be dancing on clouds, it is possible that they are intended to represent apsaras.

Christie's. AN ERA OF INSPIRATION: 17TH-CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULIA AND JOHN CURTIS, 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza