Lot 308
  • 308

AN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND COPPER-RED ‘PRUNUS’ BOWL QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD |

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 USD
Sold
7,750 USD
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Description

  • Porcelain
  • Diameter 8 7/8  in., 22.5 cm
the widely flared sides rising to a slightly everted rim, the exterior with two pendent  underglaze-blue prunus branches laden with bright copper-red and slip-modeled blossoms beneath a fringe of bamboo leaves at the rim, the interior centered with a medallion of a further prunus with copper-red blooms, a band of prunus reserved against a blue 'cracked ice' ground at the interior rim, the base with an illegible seal mark, coll. no. 1338. 

Provenance

Collection of George (1911-1989) and Cornelia Wingfield Digby.
Sotheby's Olympia, 12th June 2003, lot 1121.
Marchant, London, 2005.

Catalogue Note

The present bowl is exceptional for its generous size and successful bright tones of both the underglaze cobalt blue and copper red.  A nearly identical bowl is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and illustrated in Christiaan J. A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, London, 1977, pl. 125b, together with another closely related example (ibid., pl. 125). A bowl decorated in the same technique and motif, but of slightly smaller size, without rim decoration and bearing an apocryphal Chenghua mark in the Palace Museum Collection is illustrated in Chen Runmin, Qing Shunzhi Kangxi chao qinghua ci [Qing Dynasty Blue and White Porcelains of the Shunzhi and Kangxi Periods], Beijing, 2005, pl. 140.

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