A pair of doucai peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Lot 572
An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Sold for HK$ 5,920,000 (US$ 763,102) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period An important pair of famille rose peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period A pair of doucai peach dishes Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
An important pair of famille rose peach dishes
Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Each with shallow rounded sides, the interior well decorated in underglaze blue with a tree bearing nine large peaches growing from behind a garden rock with sprigs of lingzhi growing close by, the peaches and lingzhi highlighted with shaded red enamel, the leaves and grasses finished in two shades of green enamel, all enclosed within a double circle, with double line border round the rim, the exterior decorated with eight cranes in various poses in underglaze blue with red enamelled crests, the six-character mark enclosed within double circles and centered on the glazed base, fitted boxes.
18.6cm (7¼in) diam. (4).

Footnotes

  • For a similar example, see Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 657.

    The combination of the traditional translucent doucai enamels combined with the opaque enamels of the famille rose palette is particularly rare.

    The auspicious symbols on these two dishes all relate to longevity. The peach tree has been considered sacred in China since ancient times and its wood was believed to be able to avert evil. According to legend, the Queen Mother of the West, Xiwangmu, had a peach tree which conferred immortality on anyone eating one of its peaches. Cranes are companions to Shoulao, the god of longevity, and are closely associated with immortals, serving as their mounts, and are believed to live for a thousand years. Lingzhi is valued for its medicinal properties and in ancient times, was believed to be able to revive the dead. Nine peaches appear on these two dishes, with nine being homophonous with the word for eternity, and eight cranes symbolize the eight Immortals, who are often depicted with Shoulao in pieces intended as birthday gifts. These two dishes with their longevity motifs were almost certainly intended to be used at a birthday celebration.

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