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22 mars 2020

A fine and rare massive carved celadon-glazed 'fruit' bowl, seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

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A FINE AND RARE MASSIVE CARVED CELADON-GLAZED 'FRUIT' BOWL SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG

Lot 3033. A fine and rare massive carved celadon-glazed 'fruit' bowl, seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 34.1cm., 13 1/2 inEstimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKDLot Sold 3,140,000. Photo Sotheby's

well potted with deep rounded sides, the exterior decorated in low relief with detached fruiting and flowering sprays of peaches, pomegranates and persimmons intertwined with hibiscus, peony and lotus, interspersed with scattered clouds and small floral sprays, covered overall with a pale celadon glaze, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark.

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30th April 1991, lot 86.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 10th April 2006, lot 1608.

NoteA very similar celadon-glazed bowl of Yongzheng mark and period, from the Collection of the British Rail Pension Fund, exhibited on loan at the Dallas Museum of Art 1985-1988, was sold in these rooms, 24th May, 1978, lot 234 and again, 16th May, 1989, lot 57. A Yongzheng bowl carved with the same design under a pale lavender-blue glaze was sold in these rooms, 16th May, 1977, lot 145.

Compare also the bowl from the T.Y. Chao Collection exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, Catalogue no. 59, and sold in these rooms 18th November, 1986, lot 86, where the same carving has been left in white on a ground of pale powdered underglaze-blue and the entire bowl then glazed in celadon, giving contrasting pale green and blue colours on the exterior.  

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 april 2011

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