Lot 3562. A Fine Café-Au-Lait-Glazed Chrysanthemum Dish, Seal Mark and Period of Qianlong (1736-1795). D 18cm. Sold for HKD 1,200,000 (Estimate HKD 650,000 - 950,000). © 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. Eskenazi, A Dealer's Hand: The Chinese Art World Through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi, London, 2012, p. 339, plate 406
2. 'Great Simplicity and Simplicity - The Essence of Ming and Qing Monochrome Glaze Porcelain Exhibition', Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2018, p. 282, no. 108.

Note: Of chrysanthemum petal form, with a lavish mouth and curved walls and a footrim, the dish is of beautiful form and of fine white colour. The interior and exterior of the dish are glazed in beige, with an even and delicate colour. The inner footrim is glazed with a white glaze that matches the form, making the dish look like a chrysanthemum in repose from afar. The footrim is finely finished, the body of the bottle being of a fine, delicate texture, and the white glaze on the outer foot is clear and moist, and the interior is inscribed in blue and white seal script, 'Made during the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty'.

This is a rare beige glaze. It is a high-temperature yellow glaze with iron oxide as the colouring agent, and the glaze is elegant, yellow with white, similar to the colour of millet, hence the name. It was loved by the imperial family for its elegance and beauty. Although this type was presented to the palace every year, it was not produced in large quantities, and the Qianlong imperial chrysanthemum-petal dish was one of the few. The chrysanthemum petals are more rounded than those of the Yongzheng kilns, and are slightly modified from the Yongzheng imperial chrysanthemum-petal dish, which is also elegant and graceful. In addition to the present example, the Qianlong chrysanthemum-petal dish is also found in glazes such as white glaze, paste glaze, sprinkled blue glaze, pine green, pink-green, and carmine glaze, while the beige glaze is the only example seen here.

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