A BLACK-GROUND GREEN-ENAMELLED 'BUTTERFLY AND FLOWER' DISH
QIANLONG SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
清乾隆 黑地綠彩蝶戀花紋盤 《大清乾隆年製》款
the shallow rounded sides rising to a broad, gently flared rim, painted in vibrant green enamels with a central medallion enclosing peony flowers supported on leafy stems and small lingzhi issuing from a cluster of rocks, with two delicate butterflies fluttering overhead, the rim circled by a wide band of ruyi heads, the exterior painted with overlapping waves, all against a black ground, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue
Diameter 18.3 cm, 7 1/5 in.
The dish has over-painting to a circa 3x2 cm, triangular section of the exterior of the rim, several tiny rim frits and light crazing to the glaze.
中文內容僅供參考，請以英文原版為準。口沿外壁可見一約3 x 2公分三角形補釉，另見口沿少許毛口，釉面有些許輕微片紋。
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of the Kau Chi Society of Chinese Art, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1981, cat. no. 160. Zhongguo mingtao riben xunhui zhan.gangtai mingjia shoucang taoci jingpin [Exhibition of Famous Chinese Ceramics Touring Japan. Fine Ceramics from Private Hong Kong and Taiwanese Collections], Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, 1992, p. 230-231.
The pair to this dish was sold at Christie’s New York, 15th September 2011, lot 1592. See also a pair of Qianlong mark and period dishes of this type, but with a lotus scroll on the well and on the exterior, included in the Min Chiu society exhibition An Anthology of Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1980, cat. no. 133, and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29th November 1978, lot 363; and a dish of slightly larger size, decorated with birds among flowering trees, and with a diaper pattern on the well, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th April 1992, lot 242, and again at Christie’s New York, 29th November 1990, lot 292, from the collection of Mr and Mrs Jack Warner.
The garden scene on this dish is steeped in auspicious symbolism, and each element of its composition was carefully chosen for its auspicious properties. Peonies (fuguihua) were historically cultivated in imperial gardens and symbolise prosperity. They are considered the flowers of spring, and when depicted with butterflies (fudie), they grant the wish for an accumulation of blessings, wealth and high social status. Rocks (shoushi) and lingzhi on the other hand, represent longevity, and with peonies they form the wish for a long and honourable life.