Lot 1373. A rare Ming-style blue and white 'peach' dish, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 10 11/16 in. (27.2 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 62,500 at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010, lot 1373. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010
With rounded sides flaring to a slightly everted rim, the center painted in Ming style with simulated 'heaping and piling' with a gnarled branch bearing nine peaches, the exterior with a frieze of convolvulvus scroll bearing nine flowers and buds, all within double line borders.
Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York.
Note: Dishes of this size and pattern, also with Qianlong seal marks, are more usually seen with a yellow enamelled ground, such as the example in the Percival David Foundation illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1982, no. 247. See, also, the dish sold in these rooms, 19 March 2008, lot 602.
A similar blue and white dish, without the yellow enamel, is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics: The Koger Collection, London, 1985, no. 96.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza