A yellow-glazed dish, Zhengde mark and period (1506-1521)


Lot 522. A yellow-glazed dish, mark and period of Zhengde (1506-1521); 15.5 cm, 6 1/8  in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot sold 937,500 HKD (106,831 EUR)Courtesy Sotheby's.

the rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared rim, covered overall with an egg-yolk yellow glaze, the base left white and inscribed with a six-character mark within a double circle

ProvenanceCollection of Edward T. Chow (1910-1980).
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19th May 1981, lot 457.

Note: The deep and rich yellow covering this dish is characteristic of imperial yellow wares of the Zhengde reign, achieved through a slight increase in the amount of iron oxide to the iron-yellow enamel. Zhengde mark and period dishes of this form and glaze are held in important museum and private collections worldwide; see for example one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 41; another from the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 8:28; and a pair included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition Monochrome Ceramics of Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, cat. no. 81.

Sotheby's. CHINA / 5000 YEARS, Hong Kong, 05 June 2020