Lot 175. A doucai 'Deer' dish, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Diameter 8 in., 20.3 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 22,500 USD. © Sotheby's.

decorated in the center with a stag and two does grazing beneath a pine tree, beneath colorful wispy clouds, encircled around the rim by three groups of deer divided by rockwork, foliage and sprigs of lingzhi, the exterior with five sprays of lingzhi amidst a narrow band of delicately painted leaves, apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark in underglaze blue within a double circle.

Provenance: Roche Family, a French Collection formed between 1920 and 1940.

Note: Most examples of doucai dishes with this pattern were imperially made during the Yongzheng period.  Kangxi dishes of this pattern in a doucai palette are very rare. The subject is more usually expressed in famille-verte with cranes around the rim such as the example illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1959, pl XXX, no. 2. A doucai-decorated dish of the same design as the present example but with an apocryphal Xuande mark in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, no. 170, pp. 262-3.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013