A famille rose 'fruit and seed' bowl Guangxu six-character mark and of the period
Lot 88
A famille rose 'fruit and seed' bowl
Guangxu six-character mark and of the period
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,700 - 10,000
Auction Details
A famille rose 'fruit and seed' bowl Guangxu six-character mark and of the period A famille rose 'fruit and seed' bowl Guangxu six-character mark and of the period
Lot Details
A famille rose 'fruit and seed' bowl
Guangxu six-character mark and of the period
Enamelled on the exterior with a butterfly in flight beside a leafy flowering spray issuing two ripening bitter melon, one bursting open to reveal the plentiful seeds, beside shafts of bamboo, both the melon spray and bamboo extending into the interior with two further ripening and bursting fruit and another butterfly in flight, box. 11.6cm (4 1/2in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清光緒 粉彩瓜竹蝶紋碗 礬紅「大清光緒年製」楷書款

    The oddly-shaped fruit bursting with seeds is most likely a melon, 瓜 gua, which is a symbol of fertility. An earlier example of this design on a bowl, Qianlong seal mark and of the period, is illustrated by R.Krahl and C.von Spee, Chinese Ceramics from the Gulexuan Collection, Lünen, 2003, no.117.
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