A rare Ming iron-red decorated 'fish' dish, Hongzhi-Zhengde period (1488-1521) 

A rare Ming iron-red decorated 'fish' dish, Hongzhi-Zhengde period (1488-1521) 

Lot 3728. A rare Ming iron-red decorated 'fish' dish, Hongzhi-Zhengde period (1488-1521); 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 450,000 - HKD 550,000. Price Realized HKD 560,000© Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

Potted with flared sides, decorated on the exterior with four evenly spaced fish, swimming in the same direction, rendered in two tones of iron-red, the scales delicately incised reserving fine white lines, bordered by double-circles below the lipped mouth rim and repeated above the base, the slightly tapered foot ring further with a single iron-red circle, the interior with a single fish in the medallion within double-circles, Japanese wood box.

Property from the Yiqingge Collection.

ExhibitedThe Gotoh Museum, 14 February-12 March 1967.

Note: Compare the similar cup stand illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 486, no. 16:62. Another similar example was sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 291.

The shape and decoration on this cup stand is based on blue and white and underglaze red examples from Jingdezhen which were also made during the Hongwu period. For a blue and white example see the cup stand excavated at Dongmentou, Zhushan, Jingdezhen, in 1994, illustrated in Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1996, pp. 100-1, no. 17, where a cup is also shown. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall