YUZHI MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
In the Kangxi period, dark coloured grounds were favoured to show off the new falancai enamels, which later evolved to white grounds. A few bowls, such as the present lot retained their dark ground. Both in its shape and style, this bowl reflect the Kangxi style. These bowls were made for the use of the Yongzheng emperor and bear the Yongzheng yuzhi marks.
A similar size bowl is illustrated in Hugh Moss, By Imperial Command, 1977, pl. 5, attributed to the Jingdezhen Imperial kilns between 1722 and 1728. Bowls with this decoration of a mélange of flowers in this size are found on a ruby-ground bowl with a six-character reign mark sold in these rooms 29th November 1978, lot 371 and another one from the Goldschmidt collection, 13th November 1990, lot 38. Another similar one from the E.C. Blake collection sold in our London rooms, 8th July 1958, lot 109, and again in our Hong Kong rooms 12th May 1983, lot 238 and 26th October 2003, lot 120.
Compare a two similar ruby-ground bowls of smaller size from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection: one sold in these rooms, 18th November 1986, lot 130 and another sold in our rooms 11th April 2008, lot 3022. And another related bowl with the mark Yongzheng nianzhi in the Asian Art Musem of San Francisco, is illustrated in He Li, Chinese Ceramics, London, 1996, cat.no.657. These types of bowls are found both with yuzhi marks as well as nianzhi.
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