View full screen - View 1 of Lot 8. A finely enamelled pair of doucai 'lotus' dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 鬪彩纏枝番蓮紋盤一對 《大清雍正年製》款.

A finely enamelled pair of doucai 'lotus' dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 鬪彩纏枝番蓮紋盤一對 《大清雍正年製》款

A finely enamelled pair of doucai 'lotus' dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 鬪彩纏枝番蓮紋盤一對 《大清雍正年製》款

A finely enamelled pair of doucai 'lotus' dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 鬪彩纏枝番蓮紋盤一對 《大清雍正年製》款

A finely enamelled pair of doucai 'lotus' dishes

Marks and period of Yongzheng

清雍正 鬪彩纏枝番蓮紋盤一對 《大清雍正年製》款

each superbly painted on the interior with four iron-red Indian lotus sprays encircling a larger one in the centre, all wreathed by scrolling leafy foliage, the design echoed on the exterior below a band of 'horse-hoof' motifs, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double circle

20.2 cm

The dishes are in good overall condition with minute kiln flakes to the footring. There is an approx. 3 cm faint hairline crack to the rim of one dish at the 2 o'clock position of the mark.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Christie's Hong Kong, 27th/28th April 1997, lot 746.


Impressive for the rich and complex design of lotus blooms amongst foliate scrolls, the unusual rendition of lotuses on this pair of dishes reflects the level of artistic innovation allowed by craftsmen working in the Yongzheng period. With the developments in porcelain production and the Emperor’s desire to create refined designs that were based on celebrated wares from China’s history, highly original compositions that were rooted in the past were produced. These lotuses appear to be inspired by Chenghua designs which featured bright red petals around a centre of yellow and green, as seen on a stemcup, from the Wu Lai Hsi, Carl Kempe and Meiyintang Collections, sold in these rooms, 5th October 2011, lot 28. The green leaves are reminiscent of Western acanthus leaves and demonstrate the level of cultural exchange during the Qing dynasty.

This dish diverges slightly from typical doucai wares as the lotus blooms have not been pencilled in underglaze blue. Instead, they are outlined in razor-sharp iron red, creating an eye-catching contrast between them and the softer underglaze-blue lines. A closely related dish in the Tokyo National Museum was included in the Museum’s exhibition Chinese Arts of the Ming and Ch’ing Periods, 1963, Tokyo, cat. no. 413; one in the Chang Foundation, Taipei, is illustrated in James Spencer, Selected Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 1990, pl. 135; another from the collection of W.G. Gulland, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is published in John Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, pl. 210; and a fourth dish is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Tokyo, 1976, vol. 1, pl. 1067.

See a single similar dish included in the Exhibition of Ch’ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Hong Kong, 1973, cat. no. 88; another from the collection of Paul and Helen Bernat, sold in these rooms, 15th November 1988, lot 16; and a pair from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III was sold at Christie’s New York, 21st November 1995, lot 258. A larger example (d. 27 cm), from the collection of William Cleverley Alexander, is included in Recent Acquisitions 2008, S. Marchant & Son, London, 2008, cat. no. 36. 


盤上番蓮無青花輪廓,異於傳統鬪彩瓷,但以纖利礬紅細線勾勒,相應釉下青花柔和線條,對比強烈奪目。東京國立博物館藏一件近類瓷盤,展出於《中国明清美術展目錄》,東京,1963年,編號413。台北鴻禧美術館藏一盤,錄於史彬士,《中國歷代陶瓷選集》,台北,1990年,圖版135。W.G. Gulland 舊藏也有一例,現存倫敦維多利亞與艾伯特博物館,載於約翰.艾爾斯,《Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum》,倫敦,1980年,圖版210。還有一盤,刊於《龍泉集芳:創業七十年記念》,東京,1976年,卷1,圖版1067。

參考一同類鬪彩盤例,錄於《華光艸堂珍藏清代瓷器》,香港,1973年,編號88。白納德伉儷收藏一盤,1988年11月15日售於香港蘇富比,編號16。史蒂芬.瓊肯三世舊藏一對盤,售於紐約佳士得1995年11月21日,編號258。另可參考尺寸較大之例(27公分),原屬 William Cleverley Alexander 收藏,收入《Recent Acquisitions 2008》,馬錢特,倫敦,2008年,編號36。