Lot 3556. A Fine White-Glazed Chrysanthemum Dish, Mark and Period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). D 16 cm. Sold for HKD 1,680,000 (Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - 1,500,000). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022
Provenance: Meiyintang Collection, Switzerland.
Exhibited: The Essence of Ming and Qing Monochrome Glaze Porcelain Exhibition, Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2018.
Published: 1. Kang Ruijun, The Meiyintang Collection of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 4 (2), London, 1994-2010, pp. 320-321, no. 1781
2. The Great Simplicity and Simplicity - The Essence of Ming and Qing Monochrome Glaze Porcelain Exhibition, Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2018, p. 277, no. 105.
Note: The sweet white glaze is made from pure glazed stone and contains almost no glaze ash. The glaze is beautiful, white and exquisite, bright but not cold, shiny and smooth to the touch, and a pleasure to gaze at or hold in the palm of one's hand. The Yongzheng emperor was particularly fond of white-glazed wares, and the earliest record of Nian Xiyao's pottery debates in the archives of the Office of Internal Affairs is that he ordered him to imitate the white porcelain of the previous dynasty.
However, it is clear from historical sources that the Yongzheng white glazed porcelain in the Qing collection is very rare. In the first year of the Qing dynasty, "each work into the work of the Qing dynasty" in the document: "September 15 received, Hua Fei left behind: ...... fill white magnetic chrysanthemum plate a (zitan seat), (October 21, Jiaqing 17 reward Lu Xi, etc.), in the fourteenth year of the Qing dynasty, the Committee of the Qing dynasty afterlife "the Palace objects inventory report" in the inventory of the Shouan Palace objects report: "the Palace objects Report on the Inventory of the Shou'an Palace: a wooden cabinet of the Imperial Palace: No. 33, a pair of chrysanthemum plates with sunflower petals on a white ground. All of these plates were collected and given as gifts in the Qing dynasty, especially as this Yongzheng white glazed plate is one of the rarer porcelains in the Qing dynasty.
For similar lots, see Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, no. 3967, and Sotheby's London, 14 November 1967, no. 136. For publications, see Five Colours of Qionghia: A Collection of Yuan, Ming and Qing Porcelains with Glaze from the Bamboo Moon Hall Collection, Heritage Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005, p. 83, fig. 25; The National Palace Museum Collection of Cultural Treasures. Glazes, Shanghai Science and Technology Press, 1999, p. 282, fig. 257; The Palace Museum Collection of Cultural Treasures. Glazes, Shanghai Science and Technology Press, 1999, p. 92, fig. 85.
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