Lot 115. A Rare 'Archaic-Bronze'-Glazed Petal-Molded Tripod Narcissus Bowl, Yongzheng Seal Mark and Period (1723-1735); diameter 14 1/8 in., 35.8 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 49,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the low circular bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, molded in the form of six ribbed and barbed petals, all on a low conforming foot ring raised on three scrolling feet, the body covered with a rich opaque-brown glaze with black speckling and slight metallic sheen, thinning to a transparent mocha-brown on the underside of the base, six spur marks to the underside, wood stand (2).
Property of the Dexingshuwu Collection.
Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 25th October 1993, lot 803.
Note: Narcissus bowls with this type of dark-brown glaze made to simulate bronze are extremely rare. The shape of Qing narcissus bowls of this type are closely modeled after earlier mold-made flower vessels produced in Yuzhou, Henan province, an area formerly known as Junzhou. See three 'Jun' narcissus bowls of this elegant form illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (I), Hong Kong, 1996, pls. 29-31, all of different dimensions.
The present flower vessel is closely related to a piece from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, but covered in a purple glaze imitating 'Jun' wares, also with a Yongzheng reign mark and of the period, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 178, and also included in Zhongguo taoci quanji, vol. 14, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 232. Another similar Jun-type Yongzheng narcissus bowl in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the exhibition Qingdai danse you ciqi tezhan, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1981, cat.no. 84; a third is published in John Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva. Chinese Ceramics, vol. 3, Geneva, 1972, pl. A355, together with a mallow-shaped flowerpot also covered with a Jun-type glaze, pl. A 354.
A related Yongzheng narcissus bowl with Jun-type glaze was also sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 14th November 1989, lot 190; a lilac-glazed example was sold in our London rooms, 7th June 1988, lot 341. Compare also a smaller teadust-glazed vessel of this form, from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold at Christie's New York, 21st September 1995, lot 251, with a rare four-character Yongzheng mark on the base.
Lot 116. A Rare Clair-de-Lune Basin, Yongzheng Seal Mark and Period (1723-1735); diameter 13 1/8 in., 33.3 cm; height 7 3/4 in., 19.7 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 385,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of compressed spherical form with low, rounded lip, the base slightly indented above a low, slightly tapered foot, all under a bubble-suffused sky-blue glaze, the glaze-free foot ring burnt orange-red.
Provenance: The Property of a Far Eastern Gentleman.
Christie's Hong Kong, 25th October 1993, lot 803.
Note: For a nearly identical example in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, see Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, no. 206, p. 228.
Compare another example of this form with a pale celadon glaze from the Zande Lou Collection, now in the collection of the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Qing Imperial Monochromes from the Zande Lou Collection, Hong Kong, 2005, no. 14, p. 62. In the catalogue entry for the Zande Lou basin, Zhou Lili suggests that these were often used as fishbowls. See also a basin with exterior glazed deep-blue with Yongzheng six-character seal mark and of the period sold in these rooms, 30th March 2006, lot 318.