Lot 2188. A very rare ruby-enameled incised dish, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze blue within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 8 in. (24 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price Realized USD 293,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
The dish has thinly potted, rounded sides flaring slightly at the rim, and is finely incised on the interior with five ruyi-shaped clouds around the well under the mottled pink enamel of crushed-raspberry tone that also covers the exterior where it stops in a neat line at the edge of the foot ring.
Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 1 May 1995, lot 907.
Note:A Yongzheng-marked dish of slightly smaller size (20 cm.), also covered inside and out with a ruby-colored enamel, but without incised decoration, is illustrated in Qingdai yuyao Ciqi, vol. I, Part 2, Beijing, 2005, pp. 419-20, no. 196. Another Yongzheng-marked example of smaller size (15 cm.), covered only on the exterior with ruby-colored enamel, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 37 - Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 36, no. 32.
This color of enamel is more commonly seen on Yongzheng-marked chrysanthemum dishes, such as the example with a rose-colored enamel in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 10, Tokyo/New York/San Francisco, 1980, no. 264.
See, also, a pair of chrysanthemum dishes of a paler pink color sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1989, lot 206.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014