3103
3103
A FINE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELLED PAIR OF DOUCAI 'FLORAL' BOWLS
MARKS AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
Estimate
2,500,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 4,975,000 HKD
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3103
A FINE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELLED PAIR OF DOUCAI 'FLORAL' BOWLS
MARKS AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
Estimate
2,500,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 4,975,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Qing Imperial Porcelain A Private Collection

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A FINE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELLED PAIR OF DOUCAI 'FLORAL' BOWLS
MARKS AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
each potted with deep rounded sides resting on a short straight foot, the exterior exquisitely decorated with a dense design of a composite floral scroll bearing six large flower heads, the meandering scroll further issuing curling tendrils and smaller floral buds, the lush frieze highlighted with vivid shades of varying colours, the interior with a medallion enclosing an iron-red bloom wreathed by lush foliage, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle
13.4 cm, 5 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

This pair of bowls is exquisitely painted in brilliant enamels with elegant floral blooms and a curling leafy scroll unfolding over the exterior surface of the vessels. The different coloured enamels have been masterfully applied in shaded washes, while underglaze blue was not merely used to outline the design but also to paint the veins of flowers and leaves, thus adding texture to the composition.

The classic yet uncontrived composition on these bowls is testament to the Yongzheng Emperor's taste for classic styles of the past and his interest in their reinterpretation resulting in highly innovative contemporary designs of outstanding quality. While these bowls echo the past through their luxurious floral scrolls and use of the doucai palette, the archetypal style in the Chenghua period (1465-1487), the featheriness of the leafy scrolls displays the influence of Western Rococo style.

A closely related pair of bowls in the Umezawa Kinenkan, Tokyo, was included in the exhibition Shincho tōji [Qing ceramics], MOA Art Museum, Tokyo, 1984, cat. no. 39; a bowl in the collection of Brian S. McElney, was included in the exhibition Porcelain of the High Qing 1662-1795, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, 1983, cat. no. 78; and another is published in Sekai tōji zenshū/ Ceramic Art of the World, Tokyo, vol. 12, pl. 30. Bowls of this type were also sold at auction: a pair was sold in our London rooms, 29th February 1972, lot 247; another pair was sold at Christie's London, 11th December 1978, lot 52; and two bowls were sold in our London rooms, one, 4th November 1969, lot 107, and another, 11th June 1996, lot 100. Compare also a pair of bowls with a similar motif but the tendrils painted mostly in underglaze blue and the enamels somewhat lighter in tone, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29th September 1992, lot 563.

A related floral scroll is also found on dishes with Yongzheng marks and of the period. See for example a dish from the collection of Morisada Hosokawa, illustrated in The Collection of Morisada Hosokawa. Qing Porcelain and Persian Earthenware, Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto, vol. II, 1993, cat. no. 25; and a dish sold in our London rooms, 10th December 1991, lot 326.

Qing Imperial Porcelain A Private Collection

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Hong Kong