A famille rose ruby-ground ‘medallion’ bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in iron-red and of the period (1821-1850)

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Lot 749. A famille rose ruby-ground ‘medallion’ bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in iron-red and of the period (1821-1850), 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bowl is finely decorated on the exterior with four roundels, each depicting agricultural pursuits including planting and ploughing, fishing, and carrying produce. The roundels are reserved on a ruby-red enamel ground decorated with stylized flowers on foliate scrolls. The interior is decorated with a central blossom encircled by peaches, further flowers and interlocked ruyi, and there is a band of flowers on a continuous leafy stem below the interior rim. 

Provenance: Bluett & Son, London, 1959.
Wing Commander Whitaker Collection.

NoteThe present bowl is shallower than many Daoguang ‘medallion’ bowls, and instead its shape more closely follows the coveted shallow enameled Imperial bowls from the Kangxi period with pink or blue-enameled yuzhi marks. A group of four of these Kangxi bowls is illustrated by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain: Famille Verte, Famille Rose, London, 1987, pp. 132-33, no. 189.

Compare a very similarly decorated and shaped ‘medallion’ bowl, but with a Jiaqing seal mark, in the Nanjing Museum, illustrated in Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pp. 366-67. See, also, a Daoguang ruby-ground ‘medallion’ bowl with the more typically rounded sides and decorated with mountain scenery, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 39 - Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 242, no. 214.

Christie's. Marchant: Nine Decades in Chinese Art, 14 September 2017, New York