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Lot 28. A doucai 'Sanduo' bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735); 16.2cm (6 3/8in) diam. (2). Sold for HKD 784,200 (Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000)© Bonhams 2001-2022

Well potted with deep rounded sides rising from a gently tapered foot to a flared rim, the exterior finely painted in bright enamels within an underglaze-blue outline, depicting three detached branches of flowering and fruiting sanduo including pomegranate, finger citron and lychee, the interior similarly adorned with a central medallion enclosing a single flowering branch of two succulent peaches, all within double-line borders, the base with the six-character reign mark within a double circle, box.

Provenance: An old Hong Kong private collection
The Chenyuezhai Collection.

NoteThe present bowl is an outstanding example of the high technical standards and artistry gained on doucai porcelains from the Yongzheng reign. The graduated shades of pink, coral-red, yellow and green enamels were expertly used by craftsmen to render delicate shading within precise and subtle underglaze-blue outlines, making the design more aesthetically pleasing.

This lot also displays the Yongzheng Emperor's love of auspicious symbols, with the sprays of fruiting finger citron, lychee and pomegranate, representing a variation of the auspicious sanduo ('three abundances') motif, as harbingers of endless long life, an abundance of offspring and plentiful blessings. See a related Yongzheng mark and period sanduo bowl, illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics of the Meiyintang Collection, vol.4, London, 2010, no.1749; compare also to a closely related Yongzheng mark and period sanduo bowl, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2019, lot 3018.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, Hong Kong, 30 November 2022