Lot 46. An iron-red decorated bowl inscribed with an imperial poem, dated to the 11th year of the Qianlong reign (1746), iron-red Qianlong seal mark to base and period; D. 10,9 cm. Estimate 25,000-35,000 EUR. © Nagel
the compressed baluster body rising from a recessed base to a short straight neck, boldly painted around the body and shoulders with two sinuous scaly yellow dragons striding amidst leafy scrolling ruyi, all between rocks and waves at the base and ruyi clouds at the shoulder and reserved on a rich dark iron-red ground, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue, carved wood stand, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: Old French private collection, sold Sotheby's Paris 23.6.2016 and bought by the present owner.
Note: The pair to the present lot inscribed with the same poem, also dated to the 11th year of the Qianlong reign (1746), and bearing an identical iron-red seal mark with the same second character, was included in the Special exhibition of K'ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch'ien-lung Porcelain Ware from the Ch'ing Dynasty in the National Palace Museum, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, cat. no. 142 and p. 168, fig. 142B.
The poem on the bowl: Sanqing cha (The Purity Tea) was one of the Qianlong Emperor's favourites. It described the tea made from prunus, finger citron, and pine nut kernels, and praises the virtues of tea making.
Nagel. China I - Fine Asian Art - Salzburg, 05.12.2019