Lot 139. A rare yangcai yellow-ground bowl, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850. Diamètre: 18,4 cm. (7 ¼ in.)Estimate EUR 18,000 - EUR 22,000. Price realised EUR 33,750© Christie's Image Ltd 2020.

L'extérieur très délicatement peint de six grandes fleurs stylisées parmi les rinceaux feuillagés en réserve sur fond jaune brillant. L'intérieur est agrémenté de cinq chauves-souris (wufu) voletant au fond du bol et la base d'une marque en cachet en bleu sous couverte.

ProvenanceAcquired directly from Mr. Karl Petit (1911-1995), Mons, Belgium, more than 30 years ago by the current owner.

NoteYellow-ground yangcai bowls with this pattern on the exterior, and five iron-red bats on the interior appear to have developed during the Qianlong reign. A Qianlong-marked example in the British Museum is illustrated by H. Moss, By Imperial Command, Hong Kong, 1976, pl. 6. A Jiaqing-marked example from the Qing Court Collection is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 39 - Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 181, no. 205, where it is noted that a large quantity of these yellow-ground bowls were made as early as the second year of the Qianlong reign.

Daoguang-marked bowls of this pattern were made in two sizes. An example of the smaller size (6 in.) is a pair sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2892, and an example of the larger size (7¼ in.) is a pair sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 June 2011, lot 3655. Of similar size, see a bowl sold at Christie's New York, 19-20 September 2013, lot 1315. See, also, the similar bowl in the Metropolitan Museum of Art illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 12, Tokyo, 1977, pl. 163, and another in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics, 1986, no. 106.

Christie'sArt d'Asie, Paris, 23 June 2020