A gold-ground famille rose 'mille-fleurs' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

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Lot 3216. A gold-ground famille rose 'mille-fleurs' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795), 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam., box. Estimate HKD 1,600,000 - HKD 2,800,000 (USD 206,426 - USD 361,245) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The ogee-form bowl is exquisitely decorated to the interior and exterior in bright enamels to render a dense pattern of floral sprays including peonies, lotus, hydrangea, chrysanthemum, pinks, narcissus, and daisies in rich tones of pink, yellow, blue and green, all reserved on a gilt ground. 

NoteThe dense arrangement of various flowers that decorates this bowl is known as wanhuajin (myriad flower brocade), as well as baihuadi (ground of one hundred flowers), and, according to T. T. Bartholomew in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006, p. 146, during the Qing dynasty the design conveyed the hope that the Qing dynasty ‘would last as long as flowers continue to bloom.’ A large bowl decorated in similar motif on a gold ground in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, The Complete Collection of Treasures from the Palace Museum, vol. 39, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 208, no. 184. Compare also a small bowl with very similar decoration and with a blue-enamelled Caixiutang Zhi mark, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2295 (fig. 1).

A rare gilt-ground famille rose millefleurs bowl, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century, blue-enamelled caixiutang zhi hall mark

A rare gilt-ground famille rose millefleurs bowl, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century, blue-enamelled caixiutang zhi hall mark; 4 in. (10 cm.) diam., box. Sold for HKD 3,390,000 (USD 438,747) at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2295 © Christie's Images Ltd 2015

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