Lot 3221. A Small Blue and White ‘Duck and Lotus’ Dish, Yongzheng Period (1736-1795). D 11.3cm. Estimate HKD 350,000 - 500,000. Sold Price: HKD 380,000. Copyright 2021 © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited

The dish is decorated to the interior with a central medallion depicting a pair of mandarin ducks in a lotus pond. The exterior is similarly decorated with two pairs of mandarin ducks swimming amongst lotus, all below a band of dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl. The recessed base is inscribed with a six-character mark with underglaze blue within a double-circle.

ProvenanceChristie's London, 18 June 2002, lot 21.

Notehe decorative motif used on the current dishes appears to have been extremely popular during the reign of the Yongzheng Emperor. Compare a single dish, virtually identical to the current lot, from the Leshantang Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, lot 3231.

A single dish of this pattern can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics in the World's Great Collections, 1982, vol. 11, no. 144. Another from the Christina Loke Balsara Collection is illustrated in Laszlo Legeze, 'Ming and Ch'ing Imperial Tou-Ts'ai and Wu-Ts'ai Porcelains', Arts of Asia, September/October 1979, p. 102, and sold in Christie’s London, 19 January 1988, lot no. 294.

Poly Auctions.Imperial Treasures: A Selection of Qing Imperial Porcelains, Hong Kong, 21 April 2021