Lot 3315. A fine large yellow-ground blue and white 'nine peaches' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,500,000 (USD 194,262 - USD 323,769). Price Realised HKD 1,740,000 (USD 225,378). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.
The dish is finely painted with a central medallion of nine peaches suspended from gnarled leafy branches within a border of double-circles, repeated below the mouth rim, the exterior with a dense interwoven convolvulus scroll between double lines, all on a bright lemon-yellow ground. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box.
Provenance: Collection of Harry Nail, Palo Alto, California, 1960
Collection of John Yeon, Portland, Oregon
Sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 331 (one of a pair)
S. Marchant & Son, London
Similar examples include one in the National Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 29; one in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1982, no. 247; and another from the collection of Harry Hellebronth illustrated by U. Wiesner in the catalogue for the exhibition, Chinesische Keramik, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, 1988, pp. 142-3, no. 100. Compare also a pair of similar dishes from the T. Y. Chao Collection, included in the exhibition, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, 1973, no. 45, and later sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 19 March 1987.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 November 2016, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall