A doucai-decorated prunus and magpie dish, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period. Estimate US$ 30,000 – 50,000 (€24,000 – 40,000). Photo Bonhams.
Depicting two magpies alighting on a flowering prunus branch rising amid bamboo, a garden rock and fence in a roundel to the center of the well while bamboo, prunus and camellia branches appear on the exterior walls, all outlined in underglaze blue and colored with overglaze enamels, the mark on the recessed base drawn in underglaze blue regular script within a double ring. 6 1/8in (15.6cm) diameter
Terese Tse Bartholomew has identified the combination of magpies, prunus branch and bamboo as a rebus for ‘double happiness for the bride and groom’ (zhumei shuangxi): seeHidden Meanings in Chinese Art, 2006, p.52, 2.17.11.
A similar dish, 15.7cm diameter, is published in Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin quanji, vol. 38, ‘Wucai, Doucai,’ 2008, p. 22, cat. no. 193. See also the pair of dishes sold in Sotheby’s, Hong Kong sale HK0269, 11 April 2008, lot 2906, 15.8cm diameter.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 PST – SAN FRANCISCO