26 mars 2018

Two rare powder-blue-ground floral dishes, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1720

Two rare powder-blue-ground floral dishes, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, circa 1720

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.

ProvenanceRalph 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.

Note: The spontaneity and confident brushwork used to depict the flowers on the present dish is exceptional. The washy, textural quality of the leaves and petals evoke the dry brush technique perfected in the Song dynasty. The lavish spattering of deep blue dots add weight and depth to the curling edges of the large lotus leaf. The use of such overtly painterly ink techniques is a highlight of Kangxi period porcelains produced to appeal to the exacting taste of the scholarly elite. A dish of this type, but with underglaze-red and underglaze-blue flora, from the collection of Ernest Grandidier is now in the Musée Guimet, Paris (coll. no. G2478).

Sotheby's. KANGXI: The Jie Rui Tang Collection, New York, 20 March 2018


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