A rare pair of famille verte dishes, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 3136. A rare pair of famille verte dishes, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000. Price realised HKD 250,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2019

Each dish is delicately enamelled with four colourful butterflies hovering above a leafy crab-apple branch spreading from the reverse, over the rim and to the interior. All bases have an encircled six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark.

Provenance: Dr. Ip Yee Collection Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 22 November 1984, lot 722.

Note: There exists a small range of bowls and dishes from the Kangxi period that displays a design of butterflies in flight amidst red berries on leafy branches, similar in style to that of the present lot.

A dish of the same pattern, also with a Chenghua mark and dated to the Kangxi period, is illustrated in Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1992, p.299, no. 166. Compare the present lot also to other Kangxi famille verte dishes of this pattern bearing Chenghua marks, including two sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, one from the British Rail Pension Fund, 16 May 1989, lot 74; and the other from the Bernat Collection, 15 November 1988, lot 20.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 29 May 2019