A fine celadon-glazed and copper-red decorated 'wufu' bowl
Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period Of shallow rounded form, covered all over with an even sea-green glaze, the exterior painted in underglaze-red with five bats forming the 'Five Abundances' (wufu), the base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character mark within a double circle. 15.4cm diam.
清雍正 冬青釉里紅五蝠紋盌 青花雙圈「大清雍正年製」楷書款
Provenance 來源： Hugh Moss Ltd., London, 6 April 1970 Sir Edward (Ted) Wrangham collection
Sir Edward (Ted) Wrangham (1928-2009) was the nephew of William (Bill) Winkworth, whose grandfather was the legendary English collector of Asian art, Stephen Winkworth. Ted was fascinated by both Chinese and Japanese art. His book, The Index of Inro Artists, which was published in 1995 became the essential reference work in the library for collectors and museums of Japanese art. His collection of Japanese art continues to be sold at Bonham's London. ities.
In 1735, Tang Ying, the supervisor of the Imperial kilns in Jingdezheng included in his taocheng jishibei, or Recorded Event of Ceramic Production that four new designs were created for the Imperial porcelains, among which the five-bats design is exemplified on current lot. For a similar example from the Baur Collection, see J.Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Vol.II, Geneva, 1999, pl.199, and two other examples sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 November 2004, lot 880 and Christie's New York, 19 September 2006, lot 401.
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