Lot 1778. A fine pair of famille rose bajixiang teabowls, Jiaqing six-character sealmark and of the period (1796-1820); 4½ in. (10.9 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 500,000. Price realised HKD 307,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.
Each finely painted around the exterior with the bajixiang tied in ribbons and arranged in pairs below iron-red key-fret scrollwork within blue bands at the slightly everted rim and above overlapping ruyi-heads and a dotted band on yellow-ground above the foot, box.
Provenance: The Jinguantang Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong,
5 November 1997, lot 880
Literature: The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, vol. IV, 1995, pl. 181.
Note: A line drawing of this design is illustrated by Geng Baochang in Ming Qing Ciqi Jianding, Qingdai Bufen, p. 163, fig. 213. This pattern was first seen on Qianlong period bowls, and reproduced during successive reign periods. Dishes with the bajixiang in pairs, bearing the Daoguang cyclical dates corresponding to 1850 and 1849, were included in the Hong Kong O.C.S. exhibition, Ch'ing Polychrome Porcelain, 1977, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no.11. Also, cf. a Tongzhi bowl of the same size and pattern as the present lot, exhibited in 1983, and illustrated by the University of Hong Kong, Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, Catalogue, no.97.
It is interesting to note that overglaze pastel blue, rather than underglaze blue, is used selectively on the bowl. With the development of the famille rose palette, opaque white and opaque yellow enamels could be mixed to create a range of pastel colours and, as such, was far more versatile a pallette than famille verte which confined its short-lived popularity predominately to the Kangxi and Yongzheng periods.
Compare with a similar pair of bowls sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 8 October 1990, lot 691.
Christie's Hong Kong. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 27 May 2008