A doucai 'lotus' dish, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735)

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Lot 103. A doucai 'lotus' dish, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735), 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 12,860 - USD 19,290) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. 

The centre is decorated with a medallion enclosing a iron-red lotus bloom surrounded by four similar blossoms on intertwined underglaze blue leafy stems with scrolling tendrils. The exterior is decorated with a similar repeated frieze of eight lotus all below a c-scroll interspersed with dots.

NoteYongzheng-marked dishes of this pattern were made in graduated sizes, some with more elaborate lotus blossoms and the leaves highlighted in green enamel. A similar dish to the current lot, of an identical size, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2011, lot 2932.

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A fine and rare doucai 'Lotus' dish, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735), 6 1/2 in. (15.6 cm) diam., box.. Price Realised HKD 1,820,000(USD 234,736) at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2011, lot 2932. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

(Cf. my post A fine and rare doucai 'Lotus' dish, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735)

Dishes smaller than the current lot include a pair (15.5 cm.) from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold at Christie's New York, 21 September 1995, lot 258; and an even smaller pair (11.4 cm.) in the Wang Xing Lou Collection is illustrated in Imperial Porcelain, The Palace Porcelain of Three Emperors: Kangxi - Yongzheng - Qianlong, Hong Kong 2004, no. 30.

Larger dishes (20 cm.) are found in illustrated in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, no. 88. Even larger dishes are in the Chang Foundation Collection, illustrated by J. Spencer in Selected Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 1990, no. 134; one illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 355, no. 1067; one illustrated by J. Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, no. 210. 

Compare with a pair of dishes were sold at Christie's New York, 17 March 2017, lot 1215.

A rare pair of doucai 'Lotus' dishes, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735)

A rare pair of doucai 'Lotus' dishes, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735), 8 in. (20.2 cm) diam., box. Price Realised USD 100,000 at Christie's New York, 17 March 2017, lot 1215. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

Each dish is potted with shallow, rounded sides flaring to a slightly everted rim, the interior decorated with a central lotus blossom surrounded by four similar blossoms borne on enclosing underglaze blue stems with scrolling tendrils and green leaves forming a densely patterned medallion and repeated in a frieze of eight blossoms around the exterior. 

NoteYongzheng-marked dishes of this pattern were made in graduated sizes. Examples of this large size include one illustrated in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, no. 88. Dishes of a larger size (approximately 27.2 cm.) are in the Chang Foundation Collection, illustrated by J. Spencer in Selected Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 1990, no. 134; one illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 355, no. 1067; one illustrated by J. Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, no. 210; a pair illustrated by W. G. Gulland, Chinese Porcelain, Vol. II, 1918 ed., pls. 652-53; and a dish sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 349. Smaller examples (15.5 cm.) include a pair from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold at Christie's New York, 21 September 1995, lot 258; and the smallest examples (11.4 cm.) include a pair in the Wang Xing Lou Collection illustrated in Imperial Porcelain, The Palace Porcelain of Three Emperors: Kangxi - Yongzheng - Qianlong, Hong Kong 2004, no. 30, and one sold at Christie's New York, 19-20 September 2013, lot 1312. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works of Art, 9 May 2017, London, King Street