Jiaqing mark and period 'shuangyu' bowl
Lot 264
A famille rose 'shuangyu' bowl Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 23,472) inc. premium

Lot Details
Jiaqing mark and period 'shuangyu' bowl
A famille rose 'shuangyu' bowl
Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
Brightly enamelled around the exterior with stylised lotus blossoms borne on meandering scrolls with pairs of confronted twin fish, all below a border of ruyi heads at the rim, and upright lotus lappets at the foot, the interior enamelled with five bats encircling a central 'shou' medallion in iron-red. 18.2cm (7 1/8in) diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: G.Weishaupt, sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam, 16 October 1995, lot 52 or 53

    Illustrated: G.Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure, London, 1987, no.22

    Compare another Jiaqing-period bowl with the same design, from the Alfred Morrison Collection, sold at Christie's London, 11 May 2010, lot 256

    The following 13 lots originally formed part of one of the most unusual specialist collections of Chinese porcelain formed in Europe during the 20th century.

    Georg Weishaupt was a German industrialist living in Amsterdam. His interests spanned both Western and Chinese art. From the mid 1970s, he focussed his Chinese interests on ceramics, especially the relatively unknown and unregarded area of later wares in Chinese taste. Over 20 years, he assembled a very extensive collection of domestic-taste Chinese porcelain mostly made between the reign of the Emperor Jiaqing (1796-1820) and 1937, when Japan invaded China.

    Few collectors had previously paid much sustained attention to this field of 19th century and Republic-era porcelain. It was not regarded by established collectors or scholars as innovatory, in terms of either technology or designs. Even though much was almost certainly Imperial in origin, it has little of the dramatic quality of the great 18th century display pieces created during the Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns. Its appeal was more to the taste of a Western art historian. It was the product of a particular historical era; above all, it reflected evolving historical and social circumstances in China which were closely associated with Western powers playing a greater role in the politics and economy of a weakening Chinese Imperial order.

    By the 1960s and '70s, a few Western and Asian scholars were identifying and analysing these overlooked later ceramics in a consistent and informed manner. In Hong Kong, Simon Kwan (assisted by Professor Liu Xinyuan, director of the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute) was discovering the key primary archive material which formed the core of his revelatory study, Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing (published in 1983). In Europe, Dr Gunhild Avitabile was basing his important study (published in 1987) largely on the Weishaupt Collection. Meanwhile, in London and Jingdezhen, Peter Wain and Qian Weipeng were researching the painters and ceramic design styles of very late Qing and Republic period China. And Dr Weishaupt's great friend, the collector/author Dr H A Van Oort, was also benefitting from the Collection to prepare his two important volumes on late Qing wares, and on Hongxian-period porcelain, the latter even today a very controversial group of ceramics. All six scholars have helped to revise the conventional views about innovation at Jingdezhen during the 19th and early 20th century.

    When the Weishaupt Collection was sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam in 1995, it marked the dispersal of a remarkable early study collection. It is therefore very appropriate that the collector who bought, in 1995, the lots included in today's sale, should be offering them again in the same auction which sees the dispersal of another unique study collection of these later ceramics formed by Anthony Evans. Both collectors contributed greatly to creating a wider enthusiasm for these colourful and well-potted later wares.
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