An extremely fine and rare yellow-ground and underglaze-blue dish Mark and period of Hongzhi | 明弘治 黄地青花梔子花紋盤 《大明弘治年製》款
6,000,000 - 8,000,000 HKD
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6,000,000 - 8,000,000 HKD
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
An extremely fine and rare yellow-ground and underglaze-blue dish
Mark and period of Hongzhi
明弘治 黄地青花梔子花紋盤 《大明弘治年製》款
with shallow rounded sides rising to a lipped and everted rim, all supported on a short tapering foot, the interior freely painted in soft shaded tones of underglaze cobalt-blue with a leafy branch bearing two large five-petalled gardenia blooms and two tightly closed buds, encircled around the well by fruiting branches of pomegranate, grape, persimmon and a ribbon-tied lotus bouquet, all between double-line borders, the underside with a continuous floral meander of large blooms borne on leafy budding stems, all reserved on a brilliant clear yellow ground, the base left white and inscribed with a two-column six-character mark within a double circle
The dish is in very good condition with just insignificant surface wear.
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Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2nd November 1994, lot 48.
The present piece is especially fine for its brilliant and striking combination of the blue and yellow colours and for the bold but perfectly arranged design of flowers and fruit. For Xuande and Chenghua prototypes in the British Museum, London, see Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, nos. 4:43 and 6:16.
Hongzhi dishes of this design can be found in important museum and private collections; for example see two in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Minji meihin zuroku, vol. II, Tokyo, 1977, pls. 72 and 73, together with their blue-and-white counterparts, pls. 70 and 71; and one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (II), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 231, together with a Chenghua example, pl. 230, and a Zhengde example, pl. 233. Compare also dish in the Shanghai Museum included in the exhibition Chugoku rekidai toji ten [Chinese ceramics through the ages], Seibu Art Museum, Tokyo, 1984, cat.no. 80.
From Western museum collections, compare a similar dish in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Great Collections, vol. 2, Tokyo, 1982, col. pl. 16; one in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, op.cit., vol. 8, Tokyo, 1982, pl. 226, from the Kempe Collection; another illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, no. 1674, and sold in these rooms, 7th April 2011, lot 57; and a fourth example from the Sir Percival David Collection, now in the British Museum, London, included in Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares, London, 1966, cat. no. A740. The companion dish of the Percival David Foundation was sold in our London rooms, 15th October 1968, lot 108.
A similar dish from the T.Y. Chao collection was sold in these rooms, 31st October 1995, lot 387; and another from the Toguri Museum of Art, Tokyo, was sold in our London rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 22.
此盤青花發色亮麗，黃地瑩亮嬌嫩，繪工細膩流暢。參考倫敦大英博物館藏宣德、成化典型器，見霍吉淑，《Ming Ceramics in the British Museum》，倫敦，2001年，編號4:43及6:16。
博物館及私人藏家都有見弘治黃地青花梔子花盤藏例。台北故宮博物院藏兩件，見《明瓷名品図録》， 卷II，東京， 1977年，圖版72及73，另有青花梔子花盤，圖版70及71。一件藏北京故宮博物院，見《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集．青花釉裏紅 （中）》 ，上海，2000 年，圖231；另有成化例，圖版230及正德例，圖版233。一例為上海博物館館藏，曾展於《中国歴代陶磁展》，西武美術館，東京，1984年，編號80。
在西方博物館收藏中，美國大都會藝術博物館藏一件，見《東洋陶磁大觀》，卷2，東京，1982年，彩圖版16。一件藏為瑞典斯德哥爾摩東亞博物館所藏，同前註，卷8，東京，1982，圖版226，源自卡爾肯普（Carl Kempe）收藏。另見康蕊君著《玫茵堂中國陶瓷》，倫敦，1994-2010年，卷4，編號1674，2011年4月7日於香港蘇富比拍賣，編號57。第四件為大維德爵士收藏，現藏倫敦大英博物館，見 Margaret Medley，《Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares》，倫敦，1966年，編號A740。與大維德爵士收藏本為一對的一件1968年10月15日於倫敦蘇富比拍賣，編號108。