Lot 33. A rare pair of rose-verte saucer dishes, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Diam. 19.8 cm, 7 3/4 in. Estimate £50,000 — 70,000. Lot Sold 72,500 GBP (93,677 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
each finely painted to the centre with a figural scene, one dish with a scholar sitting inside a pavillion and looking out of a circular window onto a banana tree, the other with a scholar approaching a stream where an attendant is hovering on the other side, the sides with an anhua design of sinuous dragons, the bases with lengthy inscriptions in black and red seals.
This pair of dishes may be part of a larger set as another pair of very similarly decorated dishes formerly in the Grandidier Collection and now in the Musee Guimet in Paris suggests, collection nos. G929 and G930. Like the present pair, they are decorated with an anhua design of dragons on the well and with a circular scene in the centre of the dish, complemented by an inscription with one or two seals on the reverse. The Guimet examples are dated to the Hongzhi period (1488-1505) of the Ming dynasty and it is stated that the enamelled designs were added in the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 15 may 2019