PERIOD: 18th century
A VERY RARE YELLOW-GROUND BLUE AND WHITE DISH QIANLONG SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795) With rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, the interior well painted in the Ming style with two leafy branches laden with nine ripe peaches that curve around to artfully fill the space of the circular medallion, the exterior also painted in shaded underglaze blue with a freize of leafy morning glory vine bearing nine flowers and buds, all within double line borders and reserved on a ground of bright lemon-yellow enamel that also covers the base excluding the nianhao 10 11/16 (27.2 cm.) diam., box A pair of dishes in the same pattern from the T. Y. Chao Collection was included in the exhibition, Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, no. 45, and later sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 19 March 1987, lot 316. For further examples see one in the National Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 29; one in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1982, no. 247; and another from the collection of Harry Hellebronth illustrated by U. Wiesner in the catalogue for the exhibition, Chinesische Keramik, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, 1988, pp. 142-3, no. 100. A blue and white example, without the yellow enamel, is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, no. 96. See, also, the pair sold in our Hong Kong rooms, The Imperial Sale, 30 May 2006, lot 1245.