A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF WHITE-GLAZED CUT-THROUGH 'LOTUS' BOWLS, QIANLONG SEAL MARKS AND PERIOD | 清乾隆 白釉玲瓏透花番蓮紋盌一對 《大清乾隆年製》款
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 GBP
A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF WHITE-GLAZED CUT-THROUGH 'LOTUS' BOWLS
QIANLONG SEAL MARKS AND PERIOD
清乾隆 白釉玲瓏透花番蓮紋盌一對 《大清乾隆年製》款
each thinly potted with rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a gently flared rim, delicately pierced around the body with a broad band of scrolling lotus blooms, applied overall with a transparent unctuous glaze revealing the white body and intricate design, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue
Diameter of each 13.5 cm, 5¼ in.
This rare pair of bowls are in overall very good condition.
"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.
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Yamanaka & Co., Chicago, 1st May 1937 ($375).
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Christie's New York, 21st September 1995, lot 214.
These delicate bowls are notable for their exquisite lace-like decoration, which was made by piercing the body with a delicate openwork design of small perforations that were subsequently filled with a clear glaze. An innovation of the Qianlong period, this decoration is known in the West as ‘grains-de-riz’ [rice grain], because the tiny perforations resembled small grains of rice.
Compare a closely related example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, pl. 147; another in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published in John Ayers and Satō Masahiko, eds, Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 15, Tokyo, 1983, pl. 280; one with a more elaborate motif, from the Meiyintang collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 793, and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2012, lot 3; and a pair from the Alfred F. Pillsbury collection in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, included in the exhibition Chinese Ceramics from the Prehistoric Period through Ch’ien-Lung, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, 1952, cat. no. 320.
比較一例，北京故宮博物院收藏，圖載於《故宮珍藏康雍乾瓷器圖錄》，香港，1989年，圖版147；台北故宮博物院亦藏一例，載於John Ayers及佐藤雅彦編，《世界陶磁全集》，卷15，東京，1983年，圖版280；另一例紋飾更為繁複，出自玫茵堂收藏，圖載於康蕊君，《玫茵堂中國陶瓷》，卷2，倫敦，1994年，編號793，後售於香港蘇富比2012年10月8日，編號3。一對例出自Minneapolis Institute of Arts Alfred F. Pillsbury收藏，曾展於《Chinese Ceramics from the Prehistoric Period through Ch’ien-Lung》，洛杉磯郡立博物館，洛杉磯，1952年，編號320。