Lot 304. Two rare powder-blue-ground floral dishes, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1720. Diameter 10 1/2 in., 26.6 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000. Lot sold 27,500 USD. © Sotheby's
each with shallow rounded sides rising from a short tapered foot, the center superbly painted with flowers, one with gnarled magnolia branches bursting with blooms amidst sprays of thoroughwort, the other with grasses and lush lotus blossoms under a pendulous lotus leaf, set within a foliate-form reserve against a mottled blue ground, the reverse with two slender leafing bamboo reeds, the base with a beribboned artemisia leaf within a double circle (2), coll. nos 8 & 9.
The Jie Rui Tang Collection.
Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1998.
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. 42.