Lot 4. A rare copper-red and celadon 'Sanduo' bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). Diameter 6 in., 15.2 cm Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 20,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's
painted on the exterior in copper-red glaze with plum, pomegranate and peach, each with a single red fruit and leaves with incised veins covered with celadon glaze, the interior similarly decorated with a peach spray bearing two copper-red fruit with incised celadon-glazed leaves, six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle.
Property from the Estate of William and Jennifer Shaw.
Provenance: Property of the Estate of Dr. Ip Yee, Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19th November 1984, lot 207.
Exhibited: 7th Annual Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society, 1967, Hong Kong (according to label).
Note: It is rare to find Yongzheng bowls of this type with incised celadon-glazed leaves surrounding the copper-red fruit, as it is difficult to achieve a satisfactory result with both these high-firing glazes. A similar Yongzheng-marked bowl of identical size and decoration in the Meiyintang Collection was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 25.