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Lot 1310. An imperial famille verte coral-ground bowl, Yongzheng four-character yuzhi mark in underglaze blue within a double square and of the period (1723-1735); 4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) diamEstimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 

The deep, rounded sides flare very slightly at the rim and are decorated on the exterior with numerous stems of various flowers and berries, as well as two large peony blossoms just above the shallow foot, in shades of pale yellow, mauve, green, black and iron red reserved on a dark, rich coral ground. The interior is white.

Provenance: Christie's New York, 3 June 1993, lot 293.

Note: It is believed that Yongzheng yuzhi-marked bowls similar to the present bowl were made early in the Yongzheng reign, as they are very closely related to Kangxi yuzhi-marked bowls of the same pattern, such as the pair of bowls included in the Exhibition of Ming and Ch'ing Porcelain from the Collection of the T.Y. Chao Family Foundation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1971, no. 71, and subsequently sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 20 March 1990, lot 566; again in The Imperial Sale, 27 April 1997, lot 53; and again 30 May 2006, lot 1258. This pattern is also seen on Yongzheng yuzhi-marked bowls of a somewhat different shape, such as the example of larger size (5.3 in.), with more everted rim, from the Reitlinger Collection, illustrated by S. Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1971, pl. XLV (1).

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of ArtNew York, 19 - 20 September 2013