Qianlong mark and period trays of this oval form and painted with this sumptuous design are rare. Compare a Qianlong mark and period circular dish with this design, illustrated in Taji Shuichi, Shindai no Jiki [Porcelain of the Qing dynasty], Tokyo, 1983, col. pl. 39. See also a dish with scattered flowers and with a Yanghe tang zhi (Made for the Hall of Cultivation) hallmark in blue enamel, in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo taoci qunaji [Complete collection of Chinese ceramics], vol. 21, Shanghai, 1981, pl. 119; a pair sold in these rooms, 25th April 2004, lot 232, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2012, lot 3993; a dish sold in these rooms, 27th October 1992, lot 143; and a further dish sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29th September 1992, lot 597.
This sophisticated motif is also found painted on various types of objects, such as a Qianlong mark and period vase and a teapot illustrated in Alexandre Hougron, La Céramique Chinoise Ancienne, Paris, 2015, pp. 260 and 261, the first from the collection of Ernest Grandidier, now in the Musée Guimet, Paris, and the second in the Musée de l'Imperatrice Eugénie, Château de Fontainbleau; a globular vase illustrated in Fujio Koyama, Tōki zenshu [Complete series on ceramics], vol. 16, Tokyo, 1958, pl. 49; a gu-shaped example, in the Liaoning Provincial Museum, illustrated in Liaoning sheng bowuguan [Liaoning provincial museum], Beijing, 1983, col. pl. 181; a censer sold in our New York rooms, 18th/19th March 2014, lot 480; and a pair of cups from the Dreyfus collection, included in the exhibition Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst, Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, 1929, cat. no. 1042, and sold in our London rooms, 11th December 1973, lot 432.
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