Lot 1549. A rare underglaze-blue and enamel-decorated dish, Zhengde-Jiajing period (1506-1566); 7 in. (17.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 93,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.
The interior is decorated with a central lotus blossom and the exterior is decorated with five fish in iron-red above waves in underglaze blue and green enamel. The base is inscribed with an apocryphal Xuande mark.
Provenance: Edward T. Chow (1910-1980) Collection.
The Edward T. Chow Collection, Part Three; Sotheby Parke Bernet Ltd., Hong Kong, 19 May 1981, lot 432.
The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Collection, San Antonio, Texas.
Note: The companion to the present dish, also from the Edward T. Chow Collection, was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet Ltd., Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 27.
Compare a similar dish decorated in blue and white in the interior and wucai on the exterior of slightly larger size (21.8 cm.) illustrated by R. Krahl, ed., China without Dragons: Rare Pieces from Oriental Ceramic Society Members, 2016, pp. 282-3, no. 168, where Krahl notes that the stylization of the flower on the interior is typical of Zhengde period (1506-1521) design, but that the way the fish on the exterior are painted with red outlines over yellow enamel is typical of the Jiajing (1522-1566) period.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 September 2020