A FINELY PAINTED AND EXTREMELY RARE SMALL CORAL-GROUND ENAMELLED 'FLORAL' CUP, YONGZHENG YUZHI MARK AND PERIOD | 清雍正 珊瑚紅地粉彩九秋同慶圖小盌 《雍正御製》款
Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 GBP
A FINELY PAINTED AND EXTREMELY RARE SMALL CORAL-GROUND ENAMELLED 'FLORAL' CUP
YONGZHENG YUZHI MARK AND PERIOD
清雍正 珊瑚紅地粉彩九秋同慶圖小盌 《雍正御製》款
delicately potted with deep rounded sides tapering from a slightly splayed foot to a gently flared rim, the exterior finely painted with clusters of autumn flowering buds and blossoms borne on slender stalks and curling stems, including chrysanthemum, crab-apple, peony and poppy, all finely detailed with veins and heightened with different shaded tones of blue, green, iron-red and yellow against a rich coral-red ground, the base inscribed with a four-character yuzhi mark within a double square in underglaze blue
Diameter 6.5 cm, 2½ in.
The cup has an approx. 0.4 cm wide over-painted shallow flake to the exterior of the rim with an associated ca. 1.5 cm long thin line of paint on the rim to the left of the flake.
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Yamanaka & Co., Inc., New York, 1st September 1938 ($20).
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Christie's New York, 21st September 1995, lot 198.
Expertly painted with a profusion of vibrantly-coloured flowers against a dark coral ground, this cup is a particularly unusual example of a small group of wares with yuzhi ('made for imperial use of') marks. Its composition and palette, as well as its reign mark stem from the innovative style pioneered by the enamel workshop, which had been set up in the Forbidden City during the latter part of the Kangxi period (r. 1662-1722). Hugh Moss in By Imperial Command. An Introduction to Ch'ing Imperial Painted Enamels, Hong Kong, 1976, p. 82, suggests that bowls of this type were most probably made at Jingdezhen within the first two years of the Yongzheng reign, when potters were not yet familiar with the famille-rose palette which had been used in Beijing.
Cups painted in famille-verte enamels with this motif are seldom known of such small proportions. A larger bowl from the collection of Gerald Reitlinger, is illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. XLV (1); a pair is illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art. Chinese Ceramics IV. Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, pls. 159 and 160, together with an example inscribed with a six-character Yongzheng nianzhi mark, pl. 158; and a further bowl from the Meiyintang collection was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 49.
本品紋飾繪工精湛，花卉明豔，出自一組少數帶「御製」款之作例，唯本品更為罕見。其構圖、色調以及「御製」款出自成立於康熙朝後期、位於紫禁城之宮廷琺瑯作坊。Hugh Moss於《By Imperial Command. An Introduction to Ch’ing Imperial Painted Enamels》，香港，1976年，頁82評論，此類盌多數製於景德鎮、雍正朝首兩年，當時景德鎮瓷匠尚未掌握北京宮廷粉彩釉工藝。
紋飾相近之五彩盃例，多數尺寸較大，如本品纖巧者甚為罕有。比較一盌例，尺寸較大，出自Gerald Reitlinger收藏，圖載於Soame Jenyns，《Later Chinese Porcelain》，倫敦，1951年，圖版XLV (1)；一對例載於《徐氏藝術館．陶瓷篇 IV．清代》，香港，1995年，圖版159及160，同書並載一例，帶六字雍正「年製」款，圖版158；玫茵堂亦收藏一例，售於香港蘇富比2012年4月4日，編號49。