An extremely rare famille rose 'bajixiang' dish Tongzhi
Lot 384
An extremely rare famille rose 'bajixiang' dish Tongzhi
Sold for HK$ 120,000 (US$ 15,469) inc. premium

Lot Details
An extremely rare famille rose 'bajixiang' dish Tongzhi
The Property of an Australian collector (lots 384-388)
An extremely rare famille rose 'bajixiang' dish
Tongzhi
The slightly convex center decorated in pale lime-green enamel with a formalised foliate medallion scroll surrounding a flowerhead within a gold-gilded double circle, the well with the eight auspicious Buddhist emblems of conch shell, lotus bloom, vase, double fish, canopy, chakra wheel, umbrella and endless knot, each symbol ribbon-tied with a different spring of flowers under the border, the exterior with three evenly-spaced meandering flowering tendrills, all enamelled in bright colours with plain white ground, the base with 'jinzhuan yingyuan' four-character mark.
15.1cm diam.

Footnotes

  • 清同治 粉彩八吉祥蝶 鐡紅「晋甎唫舘」楷書款

    Provenance來源:
    Formerly in the Hepburn Myrtle collection, Sydney, 1960s.

    Hepburn Myrtle was an Englishman whose London firm sent him to Australia in 1941. He pursued an active interest in Chinese jades and porcelains, and was a regular lecturer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His published work includes 'Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Sydney, 1977. The current lot is sold with original correspondence between the collector and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

    Jinzhuan yinguan was the studio name of Xu Yingrong, which translates as 'Poetic Chamber of Jin Tiles'. This was the official mark made for the officer Xu Yingrong, a native of Chenghai, Chaozhou, Guangdong and a keen collecter of tiles of the Jin dynasty.

    Xu Yingrong ordered his personal group of dinner sets during his post as Acting Commissioner for the General Surveillance and Military Defence Circuit for Guang Rao Jiu Nan in Jiujiang in 1872. Not only he was overlooking the tax office but was also directly supervising the Imperial manufactory of porcelain in Jingdezhen.

    The Imperial kilns in Kingdezhen were destroyed during the Taiping Rebellion in 1856. A decade later in 1866, Li Hongzhang ordered the reconstruction of the workshops, which enabled Xu Yingrong access to the Imperial kilns. Excavation at Jingdezhen has revealed jinzhuan yinguan marked shards alongside Imperial pieces, indicating that this series commissioned by Xu Yingrong must have come from the same workshop producing Imperial wares.

    The current lot with this studio mark is extremely rare; it is the only known example of a Tongzhi period 'bajixiang' dish with the jinzhuan yinguan four-character mark. The only other example is a dish of this pattern with four-character Tongzhi mark in iron red, but with a yellow rather than white ground, which was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, London, 1964, no.241. There is a Tongzhi period blue and white 'lotus' bowl with jinzhuan yingyuan mark published in Elegant Vessels for the Lofty Pavillion. The Zande Lou Gift of Porcelain with Studio Marks, Hong Kong, 1993, p.26.
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