Lot 178. A peachbloom-glazed bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735); Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 40,530 - USD 67,550). Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
The elegant bowl is potted with a slightly flaring rim and is raised on a short foot. The exterior is covered with a mottled glaze of a soft red tone, thinning to a mushroom colour at the rim.
Provenance: Professor E. T. Hall (1924-2001), no. 2
Christie's London, 7 June 2004, lot 91
The Inder Rieden Collection of Fine Chinese Porcelain, Bonhams, London 10 November 2011, Lot 60.
Note: The copper-red pigment is often considered the most challenging to regulate during the firing process as exactly the right conditions are required within the kiln to achieve the rich raspberry tones. Copper-red glazes on porcelain wares were perfected in China during the Yongle reign (1403-1424) and were used as imperial ritual vessels, associated with the altar of the sun. Copper-red glazes were less common in the late Ming dynasty but saw a revival in the Qing dynasty from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) onwards. The peachbloom glaze was developed during the late Kangxi period and mostly appears on small items made as scholars objects. There are very few examples of peachbloom-glazed Yongzheng porcelain. The peachbloom glaze consists of three layers: a layer of clear glaze on the biscuit body; a layer of coloured glaze which was blown on; and a final layer of clear glaze.