A rare Kangxi yuzhi bowl
Lot 257
An extremely fine and rare coral-ground wucai bowl Kangxi yuzhi four-character mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 4,680,000 (US$ 603,529) inc. premium
Lot Details
An extremely fine and rare coral-ground wucai bowl
Kangxi yuzhi four-character mark and of the period
Finely potted, with deep rounded sides rising from a slightly splayed foot to an everted rim, richly and delicately enamelled around the sides with various flowering blooms, including peony, lily, camellia and crab-apple, borne on feathery leaves interspersed with buds, all reserved on a rich coral-red ground, the interior and base glazed white, inscribed to the base with the four-character mark in underglaze blue within a double-square.
10.9cm diam.


  • Provenance:
    Acquired in Europe by a Swedish collector in the 1920s / 30s
    A Swedish private collection

    清康熙 珊瑚紅地五彩花卉紋碗 「康熙御製」楷款


    Enamelled wares bearing 'yu zhi' marks (which may be translated as 'made for Imperial use of...') suggest a closer relationship with the Imperial court than those bearing the more standard 'nian zhi' marks. Such marks were first seen on wares enamelled in the Imperial workshops of the Forbidden City, in overglaze blue or pink enamel. The earliest porcelain wares bearing these marks are believed to have been produced in the palace workshops in Beijing before 1716.

    Towards the end of the Kangxi period, it was decided that some of the porcelains wares initially enamelled in the Imperial palaces should be made at Jingdezhen. Because the southern enamellers were not yet familiar with the new famille rose palette, they continued to use the more traditional wucai enamels they were accustomed to, using iron-red for the ground as it most closely resembled the ruby-red ground produced in the north. They also enamelled their marks in the more standard fashion of under-glaze blue. As Hugh Moss expounds in By Imperial Command: An Introduction to Ch'ing Imperial Painted Enamels, Hong Kong, 1976, given the similarities between this group of 'Kangxi yuzhi'-marked bowls, and those bearing 'Yongzheng yuzhi' marks, and the fact that both bear the same decoration, it is extremely likely that the date of production falls within the last couple of years of the Kangxi Emperor's reign, See ibid, p.82 and pl.75 for a Yongzheng period example.

    The present bowl belongs to a small, but well-known, group of coral-ground wucai bowls painted with the same floral composition and with underglaze-blue Kangxi yuzhi marks to the base, all believed to have been produced in Jingdezhen for the court during the late Kangxi period.

    For further bowls in this group, see one formerly in the C.T.Loo, Charles Russell and Paul Bernat collections, currently in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated by H.Moss, ibid, pl.74 (see text p.82). Another pair from this group, formerly in the T.Y.Chao collection, and sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1258 is illustrated by R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Four (II), London, 2010, pp.248-9, no.1724. Another single bowl from the Kunstindustrimueet in Oslo, Norway is illustrated in Daae Samlingen, Oslo, 1990, p.26 and back cover. Another pair from the E.T.Chow collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 143 is illustrated in Chinese Porcelain. The S.C.Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, Catalogue no.89. Another single example in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, fig.95.
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