Lot 166. Four small lemon yellow-enamelled saucers, Qianlong six-character marks in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1736-1795); 3 ½ in. (8.9 cm.) diam. Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000 (USD 39,090 - USD 65,150). Price realised GBP 85,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The saucers are modelled with rounded sides and supported on a slightly splayed foot. They are covered to the exterior and interior with a bright lemon-yellow enamel and the bases are applied with a transparent glaze.
Provenance: Private English Collection, formerly in a private collection in France, most of which was purchased in Paris during the 1960s and 1970s, and thence by descent to the present owner.
Note: A pair of lemon-yellow dishes with Qianlong seal marks was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2011, lot 3308. Another pair from the E.T. Hall Collection was sold at Christie's London, 7 June 2004, lot 271. Another pair was sold at Christie's Paris, 15 June 2004, lot 191. A single example is illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, no. 143.
Compare with another type of Qianlong lemon-yellow enamelled dishes of ogee-form and of a slightly larger size (11.5 cm. diam.), with the interior and base covered with a transparent glaze. A pair of this type was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1804.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019