A large finely painted yellow-ground blue and white 'Nine Peaches' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

A large finely painted yellow-ground blue and white 'Nine Peaches' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period back)

Lot 16. A large finely painted yellow-ground blue and white 'Nine Peaches' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diamEstimate £80,000 – £120,000 ($121,120 - $181,680)Price Realised GBP 98,500 (USD 151,780). © Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The dish is finely painted in the Ming style with a central medallion containing nine large peaches on leafy branches rendered in vibrant shades of cobalt blue, set against a bright yellow ground. The exterior is similarly decorated with a leafy floral scroll. 

Provenance:  The Raufast Collection, France, amassed in the 19th century.
Sotheby's London, 7 November 2007, lot 404.

NotePublished examples of dishes of similar size and decoration to the present lot include one in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, the World's Great Collections, Kodansha Series, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1982, no. 247; one in the National Palace Museum Collection, Taipei, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 29; a pair of dishes from the T. Y. Chao Collection, illustrated in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, Catalogue no. 45, which was later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 March 1987, lot 316; another pair from the collection of Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1245; and another pair from the Harry Nail and John Yeon Collections, sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 331.

Christie's. APPRECIATING ELEGANCE: ART FROM THE SUI YUAN ZHAI COLLECTION, 11 May 2015, London, King Street