Lot 753. A large blue and white dish, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Diameter 13 3/4 in., 35 cm. Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 USD. Lot sold 21,250 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the gently rounded sides rising from a short tapering foot, the interior painted in varying tones of blue with a house in a mountainous river landscape, a lady at the window of the second story finishing her coiffure in a circular mirror, a figure at the riverbank below harvesting leafy vegetables, the 'Three Friends of Winter' growing about the walls of the house, a poetic colophon inscribed to the lower right, the base inscribed yutangjiaqi ('beautiful vessel for the jade hall') in underglaze blue within a double circle.