A CHINESE CAFÉ-AU-LAIT AND GILT-GROUND INCISED FAMILLE-VERTE BOWL AND DISH QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD | 清康熙 外醬釉描金内刻花五彩荷塘鴛鴦圖盌及托盤一套
Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 USD
A CHINESE CAFÉ-AU-LAIT AND GILT-GROUND INCISED FAMILLE-VERTE BOWL AND DISH QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
the dish painted in the center with a large lotus blossom rising from a pond with a pair of mandarin ducks swimming nearby, the cavetto incised with lotus flowers below a diaper border at the rim reserved with cartouches decorated with flowers and insects, the exterior gilded with bamboo and prunus on a café-au-lait ground, the bowl similarly decorated, both with incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=167I
Diameter: 9¾ in.
The bowl in overall good condition except for a minute nick to the interior rim edge. The dish with a hairline at 10 o'clock measuring approx. 5 cm. The exterior gilding rubbed on both, and with minor firing imperfections and light wear to the surface.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
Sotheby's Zürich, December 9, 1997, lot 155 (part lot)
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 358a&b, p. 689, illus.
The 1779 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists ‘Twelve pieces round dishes, outside brown painted with gold scrollwork and inside with flowerwork… and twelve associated cups… No. 167.’ Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, New York, 2008, p. 690. Three examples of bowls and four saucers, bearing No. 167, are in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden (P.O. 6444, 6446, 6447, 6477-6479, 6481).