A very rare white glazed 'cut-through' 'lotus' bowl Qianlong seal mark and of the period

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Lot 29*
A very rare white glazed 'cut-through' 'lotus' bowl
Qianlong seal mark and of the period

Sold for £ 43,812 (US$ 60,246) inc. premium
A very rare white glazed 'cut-through' 'lotus' bowl
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Thinly potted with rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a gently flared rim, delicately pierced around the body with a broad band of scrolling lotus blooms, applied overall with a transparent unctuous glaze revealing the white body and intricate design. 13.5cm (5 1/4in) diam.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白釉玲瓏透花番蓮紋盌
    青花「大清乾隆年製」篆書款

    Provenance: P. Parizel collection, by repute
    Galerie 41 Antiquités, Monaco
    A European private collection, and thence by descent

    來源:傳為P. Parizel舊藏
    摩納哥古董商Galerie 41 Antiquités
    歐洲私人收藏,並由後人保存迄今


    This delicate bowl is notable for its exquisite lace-like decoration, which was made by piercing the body with a delicate openwork design of small perforations that were subsequently filled with a clear glaze. An innovation of the Qianlong period, this decoration is known in the West as 'grains-de-riz' (rice grain), because the tiny perforations resembled small grains of rice.

    Compare with a related example, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong: Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, pl.147; another in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published by J.Ayers and S.Masahiko, eds, Ceramic Art of the World, vol.15, Tokyo, 1983, pl.280; one with a more elaborate motif illustrated by R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol.2, London, 1994, pl.793, and later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2012, lot 3; a pair from the Alfred F. Pillsbury collection in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, included in the exhibition Chinese Ceramics from the Prehistoric Period through Ch'ien-Lung, Los Angeles, 1952, no.320; another slightly smaller pair in the Zhuyuetang Collection, illustrated by L.Schwartz-Arenales, eds, Mille ans de Monochromes, Geneva, 2018, p.372, no.197a-b.

    See also a similar white glazed 'cut-out' decoration bowl and cover, Qianlong seal mark and of the period, which was sold at Christie's New York, 21-22 March 2013, lot 1501. A similar pair of bowls, Qianlong seal marks and of the period, was sold at Sotheby's London, 6 November 2019, lot 7.
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A very rare white glazed 'cut-through' 'lotus' bowl Qianlong seal mark and of the period
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