A famille rose 'Peach and Bats' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate £20,000 – £30,000 ($30,280 - $45,420). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015
The dish is enamelled in the interior with leafy branches bearing eight peaches encircled by five iron-red bats in flight , and the exterior is decorated with three clusters of stylised hibiscus sprays. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diam.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2007, lot 813
Notes: The present dish contains many auspicious wishes, with peaches for 'longevity' and five bats for 'the Five Happiness'. The number of eight peaches also utilises the auspicious number of eight for 'prosperity'.
See a similar dish sold at Sotheby's London, 8 December 1992, lot 301.
Christie's. APPRECIATING ELEGANCE: ART FROM THE SUI YUAN ZHAI COLLECTION, 11 May 2015, London, King Street