Lot 1528. A fine large reverse-decorated blue and white dish, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735); 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price realised HKD 2,136,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2006

Finely decorated on both sides with white gardenia blossoms borne on leafy branches against a vibrant powder-blue ground, the flower petals and veins of leaves detailed with fine slip-trailing, all within a single line border encircling the central medallion and with double-lines at the mouth rim above continuous floral meanders, box. 

ProvenanceA Japanese private collection
By repute, given to the present owner by Chiang Kai Shek

Note: Compare to a few Yongzheng dishes with this decoration, one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 248; one in the Tokyo National Museum, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha Series, vol. 1, Tokyo, fig. 160; one published by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994, vol. 2, no. 843; one in the Chang Foundation, Taiwan, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taiwan, 1990, pl. 127; one included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition, Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1992, Catalogue no. 133, and subsequently sold in these Rooms, 2 November 1999, lot 584; and another, also sold in these Rooms, The Imperial Sale, 28 April 1996, lot 54.

For the Ming prototype of this dish, see the reverse-decorated dish from the Xuande period with fruits and flowers, included in the Special Exhibition of Ming Xuande Ceramics, National Palace Museum, Taiwan, 1980, Catalogue no. 82.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2006