A fine Ming-style blue and white 'lotus bouquet' dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 青花一把蓮紋盤 《大清雍正年製》款
A fine Ming-style blue and white 'lotus bouquet' dish
Mark and period of Yongzheng
清雍正 青花一把蓮紋盤 《大清雍正年製》款
with shallow rounded sides supported on a short tapered foot, finely decorated to the interior with a ribbon-tied bouquet of lotus blossoms and other aquatic plants, encircled by a border of composite floral scroll, all below a classic scroll band, the exterior similarly painted with a composite scroll of flowers, between a key-fret band at the rim and a classic scroll frieze, the base with a six-character reign mark within a double circle
The dish is in good overall condition. There is a light surface scratch and a small firing line (approx. 1.3 cm ) to the footring.
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Christie's London, 10th June 1996, lot 94.
A similar dish painted with this elegant motif of a luxuriant lotus bouquet in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, is included in Geng Baochang ed., Gugong Bowuyuan cang Ming chu qinghua ci [Early Ming blue-and-white porcelain in the Palace Museum], Beijing, 2002, vol. 2, pl. 199.
The lotus bouquet, with its beribboned cluster of lotus blooms, leaves and water weeds, first appeared on blue and white porcelain in the Yongle period and was revived in the early Qing dynasty. A Yongle dish painted with this design from the Qing court collection, but much larger in size and decorated with a border of waves, is preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and included in Pleasingly Pure and Lustrous: Porcelains from the Yongle Reign of the Ming Dynasty. Guidebook, Taipei, 2017, pp. 66-67.