Lot 345. A fine copper-red-glazed bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). Diameter 6 1/8 in., 15.5 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. © Sotheby's
the deep rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a gently everted rim, covered overall in a lustrous garnet-colored glaze suffused with minute bubbles, the warm red tones transmuting to shades of dark mushroom around the well and foot, the rim and base white, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze-blue within a double circle, coll. no. 292.
The Jie Rui Tang Collection.
Provenance: Collection of Brodie (1880-1967) and Enid Lodge, Northamptonshire, England.
Offered at Sotheby's London, 15th June 1982, lot 329.
Marchant, London, 2000.
Literature: Jeffrey P. Stamen and Cynthia Volk with Yibin Ni, A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, Bruges, 2017, pl. 16.
Note: Copper-red-glazed bowls of the Kangxi period are rare compared to examples from later Qing reigns. A slightly smaller Kangxi mark and period bowl of this type from the Qing Court Collection in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong: Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, cat. no. 128. A pair of similar bowls from the Avery Brundage Collection are now in the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (coll. nos B60P1646 and B60P1643). A bowl of the same size as the present example from the Zhuyuetang Collection, Hong Kong, is illustrated in Peter Y. K. Lam, 'Lang Tingji (1663-1715) and the Porcelain of the Late Kangxi Period', Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 68 (2003-2004), figs 14a, 14b. A further example from the Goldschmidt Collection sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 13th November 1990, lot 53.
Bowl, one of pair, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722), China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with red glaze. H. 2 3/8 in x Diam. 4 1/2 in, H. 6.0 cm x Diam. 11.4 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P1646 © San Francisco Asian Art Museum
Bowl, one of pair, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722), China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with red glaze. H. 2 3/8 in x Diam. 4 1/2 in, H. 6.0 cm x Diam. 11.4 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P1643 © San Francisco Asian Art Museum
The present example comes from the collection of Brodie and Enid Lodge. Brodie was the son of Sir Oliver Lodge, inventor of the electric spark ignition for combustion engines. Brodie and his brother, Alec, built upon their father's work by founding Lodge Brothers, a hugely successful company that produced electric engine coils and spark plugs. The 1935-36 Royal Academy Exhibition heightened his and his wife Enid's interest in Chinese art and soon thereafter they joined the Oriental Ceramic Society of London. They amassed one of the finest collections of Chinese art, with particular attention to Longquan celadons, Shang bronzes, Tang and Song ceramics, and Ming and Qing porcelains.