A RARE FAMILLE-ROSE 'POPPY' BOWL, YONGZHENG MARK AND PERIOD | 清雍正 粉彩虞美人紋小盌 《大清雍正年製》款
A RARE FAMILLE-ROSE 'POPPY' BOWL
YONGZHENG MARK AND PERIOD
清雍正 粉彩虞美人紋小盌 《大清雍正年製》款
finely potted, the rounded sides rising to an everted rim, the exterior delicately enamelled with flowering poppies in shaded tones of pink and white with finely incised details, and
one in iron-red, all borne on slender bristled stems naturalistically meandering around the body and issuing leaves in tones of bluish and yellowish-green, the interior painted with three flower heads, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark in underglaze blue within a circle
Diameter 9.2 cm, 3⅝ in.
Examination of the bowl under UV light reveals a ca. 1cm long hairline to the right of the iron-red poppy flower extending from the rim into the sides and a ca. 1,5cm long hairline to the left of the darker pink poppy flower extending from the rim into the body. Both hairlines are not visible to the eye without UV light.
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This charming bowl belongs to a small group of wares finely enamelled with brightly coloured stems of poppies against a pure white porcelain body. This elegant and restrained motif appears to have been inspired by famille-verte cups of the Kangxi period (r. 1662-1722), which were sparsely decorated with branches of flowers or fruits. Bowls of this type display an increased interest in the pureness of the porcelain body and a greater emphasis on the naturalistic rendering of flowers, made possible by the development of the enamels of the famille-rose palette.
Bowls painted with this motif of poppies are held in important museums and private collections worldwide; a bowl from the collection of Sir Percival David, now in the British Museum, London, is illustrated in Rosemary Scott, Illustrated Catalogue of Qing Enamelled Ware in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1991, pl. 821; another example from the Guy Mayer collection is illustrated in Warren Cox, The Book of Pottery and Porcelain, vol. II, New York, 1946, fig. 871; a pair from the collection of the Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd November 1998, lot 961; and a further bowl, included in the exhibition Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, Christie's London, 1993, cat. no. 89, was sold in these rooms, 12th June 1990, lot 322.
飾此紋飾之盌，見於主要博物館及重要私人收藏，比較一例，大維德爵士舊藏，現存於倫敦大英博物院，載於Rosemary Scott，《Illustrated Catalogue of Qing Enamelled Ware in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art》，倫敦，1991年，圖版821；另一例出自Guy Mayer收藏，圖載於 Warren Cox，《The Book of Pottery and Porcelain》，卷II，紐約，1946年，圖871；再比一對例，出自徐氏藝術館，售於香港佳士得1998年11月3日，編號961；另一例曾展於《Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection》，倫敦佳士得1993年，編號89，售於倫敦蘇富比1990年6月12日，編號 322。