Lot 3107. A blue and white 'Boy and peony' dish, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 15.8 cm, 6 1/4  inEstimate 100,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 400,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's

the deep rounded sides raised on an angled base and a short straight foot, reverse painted in rich cobalt-blue tones to the interior with a medallion enclosing a boy holding a branch of peony flowers against a dense blue leafy scroll ground, encircled at the rim by a lotus scroll band, the exterior with three floral sprays alternating with butterflies in flight, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue.

ProvenanceCollection of Tang Shaoyi (1862-1938), the first prime minister of the Republic of China, and thence by descent.

NoteA similar dish, from the collection of P.J. Donnelly, was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition The Arts of Ch'ing DynastyLondon, 1964, cat. no. 98. See also a bowl with a related design exhibited in The Bertil J. Hogstrom Collection, Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain (1662-1722), Marchant, London, 2011, cat. no. 9.

Sotheby's. Marchant – Fifty Qing Imperial Porcelains, Hong Kong, 11 July 2020