A yellow reserve blue-ground 'gardenia' dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng | 清雍正 灑藍地黃彩梔子花紋盤 《大清雍正年製》款
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A yellow reserve blue-ground 'gardenia' dish
Mark and period of Yongzheng
清雍正 灑藍地黃彩梔子花紋盤 《大清雍正年製》款
the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle
Diameter 13¼ in., 33.7 cm
A 6.2cm crack to the rim, and several small rim chips, the largest measuring 1cm wide. Light wear.
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Sotheby's London, 7th January 1964, lot 32.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. Q.8.15.
吳權博士 (1910-1997) 收藏
Rose Kerr et al., Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Hong Kong, 2011, pl. 148.
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This design exists also in blue with white reserves only, but whereas the blue and white version may be based on prototypes of the Xuande reign (1426-35), the blue and yellow style was devised in the Yongzheng period. The Yongzheng dishes differ markedly in their technique from the Ming examples. While the Qing pieces show a speckled 'powder-blue' glaze that would have been blown onto the vessel surface through a tube covered with gauze - a form of application ideally suited for stencil reserves - the Ming prototypes show a thick, dark cobalt-blue glaze, where white reserves were much more difficult to achieve.
A blue and white dish of the same design and provenance was in the Meiyintang Collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, no. 843, and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 7th April 2011, lot 75; another blue and white dish of this pattern in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is illustrated in Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 248; and one with a different white design in the National Museum, Beijing is published in Zhongguo Guojia Bowuguan guancang wenwu yanjiu congshu / Studies on the Collections of the National Museum of China. Ciqi juan [Porcelain section], Qingdai [Qing dynasty], Shanghai, 2007, pl. 42.