A large early Ming anhua-decorated tianbai 'lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 3187. A large early Ming anhua-decorated tianbai 'lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425), 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 600,000 - HKD 800,000 (USD 77,373 - USD 103,164)Price realised HKD 1,125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

With rounded sides, the interior is delicately incised with a ribboned lotus bouquet surrounded by a composite floral meander issuing thirteen blooms. The decoration on the cavetto is repeated around the exterior but with fourteen blooms. Both sides have borders of classic scroll beneath the rim. A keyfret band circles the wedge-shaped foot. The dish is covered with an unctuous white glaze which stops at the foot rim.

ProvenanceJohann Janssen (1896-1945), Berlin, and thence by descent within the family.

NoteJohann Janssen (1896-1945) was an employee of the art dealer Theodor Bohlken (1884-1954) and travelled to China on a yearly basis between 1928 and 1938.

Compare to two Yongle tianbai dishes with the same decoration but of slightly smaller size (31.5 cm. and 27.6 cm.) from the YC Chen Collection, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lots 1907 and 1908.

A fine large early Ming anhua-decorated tianbai 'lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425)

A fine large early Ming anhua-decorated tianbai 'lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425), 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.) diam. Price realised HKD 1,710,000 (USD 221,315) at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 1907. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013

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A fine early Ming anhua-decorated tianbai 'lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425)

A fine early Ming anhua-decorated tianbai 'lotus bouquet' dish, Yongle period (1403-1425), 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.) diam. Price realised HKD 1,470,000 (USD 190,253) at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 1908. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 31 May 2017, Convention Hall