A blue and white 'Bajixiang' tazza, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)


Lot 3143. A blue and white 'Bajixiang' tazza, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 15.8 cm. 6 in. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 350,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the broad circular dish with shallow flared sides, raised on short splayed foot, finely decorated in shaded tones of cobalt, the interior with a medallion enclosing a stylised mandala centred with a swirling pearl surrounded by curling ribbons and a three-pronged double vajra pointing on the cavetto, further surrounded by beribboned 'Buddhist Emblems' (Bajixiang), the underside decorated with a ring of elongated petal lappets radiating around the foot and carefully accented with simulated 'heaping and piling', the outer edge of the rim picked out with a key-fret border, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a four-character reign mark within double circles.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013