Lot 3640. A fine and rare blue and white 'Trigrams' bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 14 cm, 5 1/2 in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 812,500 HKD (161,013 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
well potted with deep rounded sides resting on a slightly tapered foot, the exterior decorated with cranes in flight alternating with the Eight Trigrams, each Trigram rendered within a medallion, all above a band of tempestuous waves crashing against rockwork, the interior centred with a medallion enclosing a florette resting on waves, encircled by a florette diaper band around the rim, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark.
Note: It is rare to find a Yongzheng example of this design, more commonly found in the Qianlong period, such as a pair of bowls sold in our New York rooms, 13-14th September 2016, lot 270. For the Ming dynasty prototype of this design, see a Jiajing bowl with additional borders, illustrated in Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic Art of the World, Tokyo, 1976, vol. 11, fig. 29.
A pair of blue and white 'Crane and Trigram' bowls, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795). Diameter 5 5/8 in., 14.2 cm. Sold for 47,500 USD at Sotheby's New York, 13-14th September 2016, lot 270. Photo Sotheby's
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2019