Lot 161. A rare pink-ground famille-rose sgraffiato ‘medallion’ bowl, Jiaqing seal mark and period (1796-1820). Diameter 5 7/8 in., 14.9 cm. Estimate: 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
the rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a slightly flared rim, the exterior enameled with four roundels enclosing flowers, trees, and rockwork, divided by stylized lotus sprays, all reserved on a light pink sgraffiato ground, the interior painted in underglaze blue with a central medallion enclosing a rabbit in a landscape, encircled by four composite floral sprays at the cavetto, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.
Provenance: Acquired from a descendant of R.J. Reynolds (1850 – 1918).
Note: Compare Jiaqing 'medallion' bowls of this type, but with varying color grounds and floral designs, such as a blue-ground bowl with floral medallions interspersed by flower blossoms of a different design, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille-Rose Decoration, vol. 39, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 183; and a ruby-ground bowl from Fulbeck Hall, Lincolnshire, sold in our London rooms, 13th November 2002, lot 154.