SAUCER DISH . diam: 22 cm.
Finely potted , and decorated in DOUCAI famille verte enamels ; the central medaillon is painted within a double circle in underglaze-blue, illustrating 3 stylized phoenix birds encircling a central lotus blossom, amid foliage ; all this repeated as a freeze around the back-side rim, above a band of C-scrolls around the foot .
period : QIANLONG : 1735 - 1790 .
mark : 6 character seal-mark in underglaze-blue . (see next foto )
referen.: " The Edouard CHOW Collection" , Hong Kong Sotheby's, sale
of 19/5/1981 , lot 554.
" Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America : Kuan Yao
and Minyao" , 1959 , pl. VII , 1.
" Imperial Porcelain of late Qing from the KWAN Collection" ,
Catal.National Museum Taipei, 1985 , pl. 29.
" Sekai Toji Zenshu", Umezawa Kinenkan Museum,pl.240.
" Qing mark and period Monochromes " ,S.Marchant & Son
exhibition catal. 1981 , n° 48.
" The JARRAS Collection ", Christie's Swire Hong Kong ,n°317.
proven. the VP Collection ( Den Haag ) , n° 103. Perfect condition.
Doucai , literally " contending colours ", is a style of polychrome decoration which allies underglaze- cobaltblue in the outlines of the design, with soft- fired overglaze enamels.