A rare famille rose 'bats and longevity' stem cup Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period
Lot 252
A rare famille rose 'bats and longevity' stem cup Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period
HK$ 950,000 - 1.3 million
US$ 120,000 - 170,000
Lot Details
A rare famille rose 'bats and longevity' stem cup
Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period
The delicately potted vessel in the form of a wide-bodied dish rising to a lipped rim, supported on a hollowed splayed foot, the uppermost surface enamelled with a stylised shou character encircled within a medallion of various floral blooms and leafy vines further enclosed by five bats forming the 'Five Abundances' (wufu), the underside with defined lotus and downward plantain leaf lappets hanging beaded decorations, all richly enamelled in a brilliant famille-rose palette, the inside footring inscribed in underglaze-blue with six-character zhuanshu seal mark.
17.2cm diam.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 粉彩五蝠捧壽高足盤 青花「大清乾隆年製」六字單行篆書款

    The form of the stem cup first appeared on ceramic utensils during the Southern and Northern Dynasties around the fifth century. The current lot exhibits outstanding quality in terms of shape and decoration. The vividly painted iron-red lotus lappets and the suspending 'ying luo' motifs suggest the vessel being related to the Buddhist art favoured by the Qianlong Emperor, while the design of five bats surrounding a 'shou' medallion provides the dish with a more ritual significance rather than utilitarian use. Compare another almost identical stem dish of the Qianlong period from the Nanjing Museum, illustrated by Xu Huping (ed.), Treasures in the Royalty. The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p.294.

    盤口微侈,淺腹,高足,盤底以礬紅繪蓮瓣紋一周,高足上繪蕉葉瓔珞紋,盤心內飾四組花卉紋纏繞「壽」字,並以紅彩繪五隻蝙蝠,寓意五蝠捧壽、洪福齊天,平添喜慶韻味。

    高足盤之器形於南北朝及隋代瓷器中最為常見,至清代延燒。此盤上以之蓮瓣紋及蕉葉瓔珞紋與乾隆皇帝推崇佛教藝術有較大關聯,因此此類高足盤則多用於盛放貢品,而非一般生活用具。此盤胎質潔白,釉面瑩潤,粉彩設色明快,畫工精良。參看南京博物院藏一件清乾隆粉彩五蝠捧壽紋高足盤,與此盤如出一轍,見南京博物院編,《宮廷珍藏中國清代官窯瓷器》,上海,2003年,頁294。
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