Lot 3170. A fine pair of doucai chrysanthemum 'roundels' jars and covers, seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850)Estimate 2,000,000 — 2,500,000 HKDLot Sold 2,420,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

of ovoid form rising to a straight neck and tapering to the footrim, finely painted with double-chrysanthemum roundels and stylised lotus in an alternating double register, beneath a blue border of upright ruyi heads below the neck and above another identical border circling the foot, the base inscribed with a four-character seal mark, the matching cover with a single chrysanthemum medallion enclosed within a double circle and the sides with four leafy floral sprigs.

ProvenanceOne jar, Sotheby's New York, 18th March 2008, lot 175.
The other, Sotheby's London, 1989.

Note: A pair of closely related jars and covers was included in the exhibition Shincho toji, MOA Art Museum, Tokyo, 1984, cat. no. 47; and one, but lacking the cover, was sold in these rooms, 14th November 1989, lot 235; and another in our London rooms, 11th December 1990, lot 453.

No exact Chenghua original of this design appears to be recorded, however the design is well-known from Chenghua bowls; see a doucai bowl excavated from the waste heaps of the Ming imperial kilns at Jingdezhen included in the exhibition A Legacy of Chenghua, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. C119. Compare also a Chenghua jar and cover with a related design in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji, taoci, vol. 3, Shanghai, 1988, pl. 96.

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