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A rare pair of carved celadon-glazed dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 粉青釉雲蝠紋鏜鑼洗一對 《雍正年製》款

A rare pair of carved celadon-glazed dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 粉青釉雲蝠紋鏜鑼洗一對 《雍正年製》款

A rare pair of carved celadon-glazed dishes, Marks and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 粉青釉雲蝠紋鏜鑼洗一對 《雍正年製》款

A rare pair of carved celadon-glazed dishes

Marks and period of Yongzheng

清雍正 粉青釉雲蝠紋鏜鑼洗一對 《雍正年製》款

each of flat circular form, delicately potted with a slightly concave centre rising to short upright flaring sides with an angle, supported on a short spreading foot, the interior elaborately carved with three bats in flight amidst undulating clouds and grasping beribboned double-gourd, nandina berries and lingzhi, the exterior carved with a band of radiating plantain leaves, covered overall in a translucent pale celadon glaze, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a four-character mark 

15.4 cm

There is a minute approx. 0.2 cm flake to the rim of one dish at the 10 o'clock position of the mark and a tiny burst bubble to the footring of the other.


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Collection of Edward T. Hall (1924-2001), nos 397 and 398.

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2nd May 2000, lot 528.



Iron in the Fire, Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1988, cat. no. 87 (right dish).

《Iron in the Fire》,東方陶瓷學會,阿什莫林博物館,牛津,1988年,編號87(右盤)

This pair of finely potted washers, decorated with auspicious bats grasping a double gourd, nandina berries or a ruyi sceptre, is a testimony to the refined taste and particular interest in auspicious symbolism of the Yongzheng Emperor. Although later versions from the Qianlong period are not uncommon, it is rarer to find a Yongzheng prototype.

A pair of Yongzheng dishes of this type in the Baur Collection is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, vol. III, no. A373; and a single dish is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (accession no. 46.70). See also a dish sold in our London rooms, 12th July 1966, lot 285; and a further example was sold in our New York rooms, 22nd March 2000, lot 124. A smaller Yongzheng dish of this design is included in Illustrated Catalogue of Ch’ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 149.

Qianlong examples tend to be smaller in size and inscribed with six-character seal marks. See a pair of washers (d. 11 cm) from the collection of H.M. Knight, sold in these rooms, 18th May 1982, lot 302; and a single example sold in our New York rooms, 27th March 2003, lot 76.

A pair of Yongzheng washers of this form, but smaller in size (d. 11 cm), enveloped in a Yaozhou imitation olive-green glaze and inscribed with six-character reign marks, is preserved in the Shanghai Museum and illustrated in Zhou Lili, Qingdai Yongzheng-Xuantong guanyao ciqi [Qing dynasty official wares from the Yongzheng to the Xuantong reigns], Shanghai, 2014, pl. 5-23. Compare also a Yongzheng blue and white footed dish of this size and form, painted with a double vajra encircled by bajixiang emblems, sold in these rooms, 8th April 2013, lot 3143.