Lot 3107. A rare massive blue and white ‘Bird and flower’ basin, Kangxi-Yongzheng period (1662-1735); 26 in. (66 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 600,000 - HKD 800,000. Price realised HKD 1,875,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The impressive basin is finely decorated to the exterior in delicate shades of cobalt blue with pairs of birds perched and in flight amongst combinations of bamboo, prunus, and flowers growing from rocks, all reserved on a shaded blue ground.
Provenance: Collection of W.W. Winkworth (1897-1991)(by repute)
Hugh Moss Ltd., London
J&J Collection, acquired from the above in the 1970s.
Note: It is exceptional to find a basin of this massive size, and given the monumental dimensions of the piece it is impressive to see that the design was executed to such a high quality.
Compare two blue and white basins of comparable size and form dated to the 18th century, one decorated with crane and lotus sold at Sotheby’s London, 8 November 2017, lot 118, and the other with dragon and phoenix sold at Christie’s New York, 20-21 March 2014, lot 2155.