A very rare famille verte bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The bowl is finely decorated on the exterior with two mandarin ducks swimming in a lotus pond, and with several smaller birds perched on the shore, on a rock, and in the tall grasses, while a pair is in flight above. The foot is encircled by iron-red scroll between underglaze blue borders. 6¾ in. (17 cm.) diam. Lot 835. Estimate $40,000 – $60,000
Provenance: Marchant & Son, London.
PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR
Bowls of this rare type have been dated either Kangxi or Yongzheng period. One in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by J. Ayers in Far Eastern Ceramics, London, 1980, pl. 201, is dated c. 1720-1725, and was also illustrated by R. Soame Jenyns in Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. LVII (2), where it was dated Kangxi/Yongzheng transition. One with a Kangxi mark in the Robert C. Bruce Collection, was included in the O.C.S. exhibition, Enamelled Polychrome Porcelain of the Manchu Dynasty, London, 1951, pl. 22, no. 98. Another dated to the Kangxi period, but unmarked, in the collection of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden, is illustrated by J. Wirgin in « K’ang-Hsi Porcelain »,BMFEA 46, Stockholm, 1951, pl. 27 (a and b). Another bowl of this pattern, with Chenghua mark, but dated to the 18th century, is illustrated by R.L. Hobson, The Eumorfopoulos Collection, vol. IV, London, 1927, pl. XIII, no. 67. The painting on this latter bowl is not as refined as that of the present and other aforementioned bowls. See, also, the similar bowl sold at Christie’s New York, 16 September 2010, lot 1382.
Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza