Lot 3921. A rare large yellow-ground underglaze-blue 'peach' dish, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795); 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price Realized HKD 1,160,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Finely painted in early Ming style with a central medallion of nine peaches suspended from gnarled leafy branches within a border of double-circles, repeated below the mouth rim, the exterior with a dense interwoven convovulous scroll between double lines, all on a bright lemon-yellow ground, wood box.
Provenance: Collection of Thomas English Cody (1889-1948), great nephew of Buffalo Bill Cody
Note: Cf. other examples of this size and design, see a dish in the National Palace Museum collection, Taipei, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 29; another in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, the World's Great Collections, Kodansha Series, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1982, no. 247. Compare also a pair of these dishes from the T. Y. Chao collection, illustrated in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Catalogue, 1973, no. 45, later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 March 1987, lot 316. Two other pairs, the first from the collection of Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh collection, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1245; and the second pair from the Harry Nail and John Yeon collections, was sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 331.