An exceptional pair of doucai 'wufu' bowls Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Lot 3
An exceptional pair of doucai 'wufu' bowls Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Sold for HK$ 1,460,000 (US$ 188,231) inc. premium

Lot Details
An exceptional pair of doucai 'wufu' bowls Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period An exceptional pair of doucai 'wufu' bowls Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
An exceptional pair of doucai 'wufu' bowls
Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Each delicately-potted, rising from a recessed foot with steep rounded sides, the exterior enamelled with five stylised 'shou' characters interspersed between 'wufu' and suspended pendants, all within interlocking C-scroll vine borders around the rim, brilliantly enamelled in bright colours of red, blue, yellow, green and aubergine, the base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character mark within a double circle. 13.9cm diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    J. F. Woodthorpe collection
    Sotheby's London, 13 July 2005, lot 259

    John Frederick Woodthorpe (1897-1966) was a Master of the Supreme Court, Chancery Division, who also served as an Assistant Adjutant in the Royal Norfolk Regiment, from 1919-1922. Well-educated and from a privileged background, Woodthorpe had a passion for collecting Chinese porcelain from the Qing dynasty and was an active member of the Oriental Ceramic Society, lending 20 pieces to the Oriental Ceramic Society's exhibition Enamelled Polychrome Porcelain of the Manchu Dynasty in 1951. He frequently contributed articles and art journals relating to Chinese Art and was a well-known client of Bluett and Sons and John Sparks from 1948-1960.

    This particular design on Yongzheng reign-marked bowls is quite rare in comparison to other similar bowls with variations on the design. However, a comparable pair of bowls was sold in Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, Lot 1768.

    清雍正 鬥彩五蝠捧壽紋碗一對 「大清雍正年製」青花雙圈六字楷書款

    碗敞口,弧腹,圈足,碗內光素。胎質細膩瑩潤。外壁口沿處以鬥彩飾卷草紋一周、釉下淡描青花所勾輪廓細膩雅致,枝藤再以釉上綠彩填充,填彩準確,施彩薄而淺淡,爲典型雍正朝鬥彩風格,腹部則飾五組變形「壽」字紋,間以五蝠,五蝠填以釉上紅彩,色澤油潤。整個紋飾佈局簡潔典雅,呈五福捧壽圖,具有福壽萬代之吉祥寓意。

    雍正朝鬥彩多爲模仿明代成化鬥彩品種,但在紋飾佈局、色彩配合及填彩工藝方面都更進一步,其整體飾彩薄而淡,釉上填彩很少溢出淡描青花所勾勒的輪廓。此對鬥彩碗施彩層次分明,填彩精准細膩,傳世品中更是難見類似之成對精品。

    此對碗曾為J.F.伍德索普(1897 – 1966)私人收藏(John Frederick Woodthorpe Collection)。這位具備貴族教育背景的收藏家曾就職於最高法院大法官庭擔任助理法官,並在一戰期間效力皇家諾福克團。他與倫敦東方陶瓷學會互動頻繁,經常在其學刊上發表其對中國藝術品的研究心得及收藏經驗,同時也是當時英國知名中國藝術品顧問Bluett and Sons的重要客人。

Saleroom notices

  • Please note additional provenance: Illustrated: Chinese Enamelled Porcelain of the Ch'ing Dynasty, The Antique Collector, December 1964, fig.8.
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