A large Ming-style blue and white 'melon' dish, Yongzheng six character in underglaze blue with a double circle and of the period (1723-1735)

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Lot 3003. A large Ming-style blue and white 'melon' dish, Yongzheng six character mark in underglaze blue with a double circle and of the period (1723-1735); 17 ¾ in. (45.1 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 1,200,000 - HKD 2,200,000. Price realised HKD 2,125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

With shallow rounded sides, the interior is well painted in subtly shaded underglaze blue with seven lobed melons borne on a leafy, flowering vine below a band of composite foliated scroll in the well, the everted rim painted with a wave border within a moulded outer edge, with six detached fruiting branches on the exterior, including peach, lychee, pomegranate, crab apple, loquat and cherry.

ProvenanceCollection of Bengt Gustaf Theorder Ingeström (1873-1953), Sweden, and hence by descent within the family.

NoteThe current dish was formerly in the collection of the Swedish engineer Bengt Gustaf Theorder Ingeström (1873-1953), who founded the engineering firm Zander & Ingeström in 1898. 

The design of this dish is based on Yongle fifteenth century prototypes, examples of which are illustrated by J. A. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1956, pl. 40, no. 29.61 and in the Catalogue of the Hong Kong O.C.S. exhibition of Jingdezhen ware, the Yuan Evolution, 1984, no. 142, from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee. However, while the Yongle examples generally bear two melons, and the plant is shown rooted to the ground, the Yongzheng examples have a design of a scrolling vine usually bearing seven melons. Compare the Yongzheng dish of almost the same size, illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Part 1, Hong Kong, 1987, col. pl.53. Another is illustrated by Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, Ching official and Popular Wares, Taipei, 1991, p. 95 (top). See, also, Selected Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing, The Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1990, no. 125.

A similar dish with Yongzheng mark from Jingguantang collection was sold at Christie’s New York, 26 March 2003, lot 262; another was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1576.

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 A fine large Ming-style  blue and white 'melon' dish, Yongzheng six-character mark within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 17¾ in. (45.2 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 1,800,000 - HKD 2,500,000Sold for HKD 2,647,500 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1576© Christie's Images Ltd 2008.

With shallow rounded sides, the interior well painted in fifteenth century style in subtly shaded underglaze blue with seven lobed melons borne on a leafy, flowering vine below a band of composite foliated scroll in the well, the everted rim painted with a wave border within a moulded outer edge, with six detached fruiting branches on the exterior, including peach, lychee, pometranate, crab apple, loquat and cherry.

NoteThe design of this dish is based on Yongle fifteenth century prototypes, examples of which are illustrated by J. A. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1956, pl. 40, no. 29.61 and in the Catalogue of the Hong Kong O.C.S. exhibition of Jingdezhen ware, the Yuan Evolution, 1984, no. 142, from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee. However, while the Yongle examples generally bear two melons, and the plant is shown rooted to the ground, the Yongzheng examples have a design of a scrolling vine usually bearing seven melons. Compare the Yongzheng dish of almost the same size, illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Part 1, Hong Kong, 1987, col. pl.53. Another is illustrated by Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, Ching official and Popular Wares, Taipei, 1991, p. 95 (top). See, also, Selected Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing, The Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1990, no. 125.

A similar dish with Yongzheng mark from Jingguantang collection was sold at Christie's New York, 26 March 2003, lot 262.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 30 May 2018