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Lot 2926. A pair of polychrome enamel and gilt-decorated dishes, Daoguang period (1821-1850), Shendetang four-character marks in iron-red; 6 3⁄8 in. (16.2 cm.) diam. Price realised HKD 600,000 (Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 700,000). © Christie's 2021

Each dish is enamelled to the interior with a central medallion enclosing five bats in flight on a key-fret ground facing a stylised shou roundel, all below a band of kui-dragons separated by shou characters just below the mouth rim. The exterior is similarly decorated with four pairs of bats each facing a shou roundel, all on an archaistic key-fret ground and below a band of alternating bats and wan characters to the mouth rim.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 3 Dec 2021