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An ovoid doucai 'Lotus and Chrysanthemum' jar and cover, seal mark and period of Qianlong (mark)

Lot 3713. An ovoid doucai 'Lotus and Chrysanthemum' jar and cover, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 2,000,000 HKD (237,718 EUR)© Sotheby's

finely potted with an ovoid body sweeping up to a broad rounded shoulder, the exterior finely painted with eight medallions interspersed with eight lotus blossoms borne on curling tendrils, each medallion enclosing two yellow and iron-red chrysanthemum blooms, all between two bands of ruyi-heads bordering the neck and the foot, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character seal mark, the flat-topped cover similarly decorated with a chrysanthemum medallion within a double-line border near the edge, the sides with four detached lotus scrolls; 12.1 cm., 4 3/4  in.

NoteThis type of doucai chrysanthemum jar is believed to be modelled after Chenghua prototypes. No exact Chenghua original appears to be recorded, however the design is well-known from Chenghua bowls; see a doucai bowl excavated from the waste heaps of the Ming imperial kilns at Jingdezhen included in the exhibition A Legacy of Chenghua, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. C119. Compare also a Chenghua jar and cover with a related design in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji. Gongyi meishu bian: Taoci [Complete series on Chinese art. Arts and crafts section: Ceramics], Shanghai, 1988-91, vol. 3, pl. 96.

A pair of similar doucai jars and covers from the Qianlong period is illustrated in Tianjin shi yishu bowuguan cang ci/Porcelains from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 177; another pair is published in Min Shin no Bijutsu[Ming and Qing art], Tokyo, 1982, pl. 170; and a single jar and cover is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included inCatalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain, vol. 2, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 24.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, Hong Kong, 07 april 2015