2011_NYR_02427_1807_000(a_famille_rose_ruby-ground_medallion_bowl_qianlong_seal_mark_in_underg)

Lot 1807. famille rose ruby-ground 'medallion' bowl, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  

The rounded sides finely painted with four circular panels depicting antiques and precious objects, divided by stylized lotus sprays, all reserved against the ruby sgraffiato ground, the interior painted in underglaze blue with a faceted flowerhead supporting jardinières, chimes and lingzhi, beneath four ribbon-tied lanterns, in tasseled canopies

Provenance: Anita Gray, London, 1980s.

Note: 'Medallion' bowls of this type were very popular in the Qianlong, Jiaqing and Daoguang periods. However, Qianlong-marked 'medallion' bowls seem to be quite rare, with those bearing Jiaqing or Daoguang marks being more common. See, for example, three Daoguang-marked ruby ground medallion bowls with varying scenes, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27 November 2007, lots 1769-71.

A Qianlong-marked ruby-ground 'medallion' bowl, although featuring landscape roundels rather than those with precious objects, as on the present bowl, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 120, no. 104.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011