Lot 172. A pair of famille rose pink-ground 'lantern, wasp and grain' dishes, Daoguang seal marks and of the period (1821-1850); 16.1cm (6 1/4in) diam. (2). Estimate £2,000 - 3,000 (€2,400 - 3,600). Photo: Bonhams.
Each finely enamelled around the exterior with a continuous foliate scroll of lotus alternating with lanterns on a pink ground, all below a yellow border of ruyi, the interior with a central medallion enclosing insects and lotus, further encircled by a border of peach and lotus scroll on the interior rim.
Provenance: a British private collection, and thence by descent
Note: The grain (wugu 五穀), wasps (feng 蜂), and lantern (deng 燈) create a rebus meaning 'may there be a bumper harvest of the five grains' (wugu fengdeng 五穀豐登).
Compare with a related 'lotus, peach and sanduo' dish, Daoguang seal mark and of the period, which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2-3 June 2016, lot 842.