Lot 2126. A very rare gilt-decorated 'imitation bronze' reticulated censer, Qianlong gilt six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 2,000,000 - HKD 3,000,000. Price realised HKD 2,430,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
The finely potted bowls with gently rounded sides are delicately painted with underglaze blue outlines and overglaze enamels on the exterior with five medallions containing multi-coloured scrolling chrysanthemums, surrounded by tricorn scrolling floral motifs, Japanese wood box.
Property of the Yiqingge Collection.
Note: A small number of bowls with this pattern are known, such as the pair in the Tianminlou Collection bearing a Yongzheng mark within double squares, illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, no. 100; a pair, also with the marks within double squares, exhibited in Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1992, Catalogue, no. 173; and a pair from the Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 132.
Christie's. IMPERIAL SALE: IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 29 May 2013. Convention Hall.