A FINE SMALL LEMON YELLOW-GLAZED BOWL
清雍正 檸檬黃釉小盌 《大清雍正年製》款
with deep rounded sides resting on a short foot and rising to a broad rim, evenly applied to the exterior with a rich lemon-yellow glaze neatly stopping at the rim and the foot, the base with a six-character reign mark within a circle in underglaze blue
Diameter 9.4 cm, 3⅝ in.
There is a very thin hairline (ca. 0.6 cm) to the rim, visible under the UV light. There are some very tiny impurities scattered in the glaze to the exterior.
"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. 138.
The vibrant hue of the lemon-yellow glaze was a unique innovation of the Yongzheng period, which was achieved through the combination of antimoniate of iron and tin oxide. As the yellow glaze was intimately associated with imperial power, yellow-glazed wares had been reserved exclusively for ritual ceremonies- thus lemon-yellow vessels such as this cup provided the court with an alternative for daily use.
Compare a pair of closely related cups, in the Leshantang collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th November 1997, lot 1375; another pair from the collection of Mr and Mrs Eli Lilly, sold in our New York rooms, 3rd June 1993, lot 334; a third pair from the Edward T. Chow collection, sold in these rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 101; and a fourth, from the collection of W.F. van Heukelom, sold in these rooms, 5th November 2014, lot 51. See also a slightly smaller pair of bowls in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, illustrated in Jan Wirgin, Chinese Ceramics from the Axel and Nora Lundgren Bequest, Stockholm, 1978, pl. 58b, no. 78.
比較一對例，出自樂山堂收藏，售於香港蘇富比1997年11月5日，編號1375；另一對例出自Eli Lilly伉儷收藏，售於紐約蘇富比1993年6月3日，編號334；第三對例出自仇焱之收藏，售於倫敦蘇富比1980年11月25日，編號101；其四出自W.F. van Heukelom收藏，售於倫敦蘇富比2014年11月5日，編號51。尚有一對例，尺寸較小，現藏於斯德哥爾摩Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities，載於Jan Wirgin，《Chinese Ceramics from the Axel and Nora Lundgren Bequest》，斯德哥爾摩，1978年，圖版58b，編號78。