Lot 36. A yellow-ground underglaze blue 'Nine Peaches' dish, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 26.7 cm, 10 1/2 in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP (35,022 - 58,370 EUR). Lot Sold 75,000 GBP (96,908 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
painted to the centre with a medallion with gnarled leafy branches issuing nine peaches in inky tones of cobalt-blue, all within a double-line border repeated below the rim, the exterior with an undulating leafy scroll bearing flowering morning glory buds and blooms, all reserved against a brilliant yellow ground, the yellow base inscribed with a six-chararacter seal mark in underglaze blue within a white cartouche.
Provenance: T.T. Tsui Collection, Hong Kong.
Christie's Hong Kong, 2nd December 2015, lot 3214.
Literature: The Tsui Museum of Art. Chinese Ceramics IV, Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 90.
Dishes of this type are held in important private and museum collections worldwide; a dish in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ch’ing Dynasty, vol. 2, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 29; another example in the Nanjing Museum, is published in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pl. 221; and a third from the Yokogawa collection, is published in the Illustrated Catalogues of the Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1965, pl. 625. Compare also with a further pair of yellow-ground dishes of this type painted with this design, from the T.Y. Chao collection, included in the exhibition Ch’ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1974, cat. no. 45, and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th May 1987, lot 316.