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A very rare moulded lemon-yellow and famille rose bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period

A very rare moulded lemon-yellow and famille rose bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period

Lot 25. A very rare moulded lemon-yellow and famille rose bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735); 21cm (8 1/4in) diam. Estimate HK$400,000 - 600,000 (€48,000 - 73,000). Sold for HK$ 1,960,000 (€ 232,859)Photo: Bonhams.

Crisply moulded around the exterior with a narrow band of meandering foliate scroll on an even rich lemon-yellow glaze, the interior plain and enamelled with a pair of peaches borne on a leafy branch, fitted box. 

ProvenanceA Hong Kong private collection, acquired prior to 1995

Note: Bowls of this form and decorated with a central border of a continuous floral scroll were very popular during the Yongzheng reign and exist in a number of colours and variations. However, the yellow enamel version is exceptionally rare, possibly due to the association of this colour with the emperor and therefore the stricter and more limited production of this particular colour scheme.

A very similar bowl with two famille rose peaches on the interior and lemon-yellow enamel on the exterior, Yongzheng mark and period, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 13 November 1990, lot 290; another was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 19 March 1991, lot 681. See also a white relief-decorated bowl, Yongzheng mark and period, sold at Christie's New York, 15-16 March 2015, lot 3127; and a celadon-glazed relief-decorated bowl sold in the same rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 369; compare also a blue and white bowl, Yongzheng mark and period, sold at Christie's London, 15 June 1999, lot 69.

This type of bowls continued to be as demonstrated in a similarly decorated bowl, Jiaqing seal mark and period, from the Qing Court collection, illustrated in Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration. The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 1999, pl.179; and for a Daoguang period example, from the Nanjing Museum, see Treasures in the Royalty. The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p.385.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 3 Dec 2015 11:00 HKT, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY