Signed and dated: Yongzheng period， Qing dynasty
Estimate: No Reserve
Final Price: RMB 3,300,000
Yongzheng Six-Character Mark
· The Si Yue Tang Collection
· Purchased from Spink&Son in 1990s
· Qing Enamelled Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art， London， 1991， pp.45， pl.A801
· Ming Qing ciqi jianding， Beijing，Hong Kong， 1993， pp. 256
· The Tsui Museum of Art. Chinese Ceramics IV： Qing Dynasty， Hong Kong， 1995， pl. 139
This dish is rarely seen during Yongzheng era， with gently rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot， the exterior coated in an even bright yellow glaze， the interior white， painted eight prosperous symbols （bajixiang） in the interior sides in yangcai and parcel gilt， in the center a dark purplish tone of lingzhi scroll. The base covered white glaze， with a six-character Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue within a double circle.
The affiliation with Daoism could be obviously observed from the symbols painted around the interior of the dish， of which in the center， Lingzhi is also a frequent theme in the Imperial treasures expressing the firm believe towards the good fortune of the Emperor， in techniques of carving， painting and etc. See the painting HongliRuizhitu， in the Palace Museum in Beijing， which portrayed Prince Hongli holding a Lingzhi， the painting could be indicated as a religious gift during the ritual events for the Yongzheng Emperor.
For similar examples， see two falangcai examples in the Palace Museum in Taipei， and National Museum in Tokyo. See another example with ruby-backed in the Percival David collection in the British Museum， no.1936.0413.24. See a doucai example with similar eight prosperous symbols in the T.T. Tsui Collection， now in Nanjing Museum， and a pair of cupstands sold at Christie’s New York， Sep 15 2011， Lot 1629.