13 octobre 2020

A fine carved celadon-glazed 'bajixiang' bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

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Lot 98. A fine carved celadon-glazed 'bajixiang' bowl, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 22.5 cm, 8 ⅞ inEstimate: 800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,008,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the well rounded sides flaring elegantly at the rim, decorated around the exterior with the bajixiang (Eight Buddhist Emblems) tied with curling ribbons, applied overall with a delicate celadon glaze of even tone gathering in the recesses to highlight the carving, the base similarly glazed and inscribed with a six-character reign mark.

ProvenanceSotheby's Hong Kong, 22nd May 1985, lot 213.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29th April 1997, lot 57.

Note: This bowl, with its subtle decoration covered in a beautiful celadon glaze, belongs to a special group of celadon-glazed bowls, all of this form and size, but with varying moulded design band decoration, made on the order of the Qing court catering to the emperor's sophisticated taste and fondness for elegant monochrome wares.

It is unusual to find a Yongzheng bowl of this type carved with the Eight Buddhist Emblems (bajixiang). Compare a closely related example decorated with an interlaced peony scroll, sold in these rooms, 25th November 1981, lot 322; another sold in our London rooms, 16th May 2012, lot 168.

 Sotheby's. Monochrome II, 9 October 2020, Hong Kong


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