A pair of molded 'Shufu' dishes, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 633. A pair of molded 'Shufu' dishes, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Diameter of larger 6 5/8 in., 16.8 cm. Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's.

each with gently rounded sides supported on a slightly spreading foot, the center of the interior wreathed in a scrolling foliate vine molded in low relief, with the four loops of the vine encircling a pendent flower in bloom, the motif repeating around the cavetto with the characters shu and fu positioned at opposite sides of the dish amongst the undulating stems, covered overall in an unctuous white glaze.

Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc III (d. 1978). 

Note: A slightly smaller dish of this type sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd June 2015, lot 3207; and another, also slightly smaller than the present example, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 22nd-23rd March 2018, lot 713. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 20 march 2019