Lot 3451. A carved celadon-glazed 'peony' dish, Qianlong period (1736-1795), Xuhuatang zhi hall mark within double squares; 10 in. (25.4 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 60,000 - HKD 80,000Price Realized HKD 106,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014

The dish is well potted with shallow rounded sides raised on a slightly tapered ring foot. It is well moulded on the central medallion with a single large peony borne on a stem bearing jagged-edged leaves and a small bud. The everted rim is decorated with a keyfret band. It is covered in an attractive pastel green glaze. The base bears the hall mark Xuhuatang zhi, 'Made for the Hall of the Bright Rising Sun', inscribed in underglaze blue, box.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 May 2014