A rare pair of ruby-red glazed bowls, Marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)


Lot 3642. A rare pair of ruby-red glazed bowls, Marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 625,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's.

each delicately potted with gently rounded shallow sides rising from a narrow tapered foot, applied on the exterior with a ruby-red glaze of deep crushed raspberry tone subtly suffused with darker specks and textured with a faint 'orange-peel' effect, the interior left white, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle; 9.3 cm., 3 5/8  in.

Provenance: Christie's New York, 2nd December 1993, lot 305.

Notes: A closely related pair of bowls is published in The Tsui Museum of Art. Chinese Ceramics IV, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 25; another pair was sold in our New York rooms, 26th March 1996, lot 189; and a third pair, from the estate of John B. Trevor, was sold at Christie’s New York, 19th September 2007, lot 340. For a slightly smaller cup of this type see one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 303, pl. 132; another sold in these rooms, 12th/13th May 1976, lot 210; and a pair sold at Christie’s New York, 3rd December 1992, lot 313. 

Sotheby's, Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 05 oct. 2016