In addition to the emulation of the past, this dish is also notable for the level of artistic innovation in the Yongzheng period and this is reflected in the pale green bands bordering the inner and outer rims of the dish. The cobalt-blue decoration and the application of the yellow enamel undoubtedly required the craftsmen's meticulous precision, however, a masterful control of the kilns was also of vital importance in the production of this dish, which is arguably an exemplar model of its type. No related example, however, with a yellow-ground reign mark appears to be recorded. The companion piece to the current dish, also from the collection of Edward T. Chow, bears a white-ground reign mark, and was sold in these rooms, 19th May 1981, lot 583. See also a related example, albeit fired to a less brilliant tone, sold in our London rooms, 11th May 2011, lot 213.
In the Yongzheng reign alone, this design was also produced in various dimensions. Compare one of the largest size, sold in these rooms 7th April 2011, lot 74, from the Meiyintang collection; and a smaller one, illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics. The Koger Collection, London, 1985, pl. 122.
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