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Rare paire de coupes en porcelaine à décor rouge de cuivre. Chine, dynastie Qing, marque à six caractères en cachet et époque Qianlong. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2009

Reposant sur un pied droit, de forme élégamment tulipée, l'extérieur orné d'un kaki, d'une grenade et d'une pêche, l'intérieur également décoré de deux petites pêches, les fruits en rouge de cuivre, rehaussés de branchages émaillés crème, marque à six caractères en cachet de l'Empereur Qianlong en bleu sous couverte à la base ; un minuscule éclat. Diamètre: 15,5 cm. (6 1/8 in.) (2) Price Realized €73,000

Provenance: From a French private collection
Formerly bought from M. Duchange-Garmigny, Art Ancien de la Chine, Paris, July 1969

Notes: The 'Three Abundances' theme was a popular one in the decorative arts because of their auspicious meanings - the peach represents longevity, the pomegranate, fertility and abundance, and the persimmon symbolises riches. This design is inspired from the Ming dynasty. See a stemcup with a Xuande mark inside and included in Imperial Porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande Periods Excavated from the Site of the Ming Imperial Factory at Jingdezhen, Hong Kong 1989, cat.55.
It is very rare to find such bowls with a Qianlong mark. More common are those made during the Yongzheng period cf. Sekai toji zenshu, vol.12, Tokyo 1956, pl.60 ; and the bowl from T.Y. chao collection, included in the Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Exhibition, Chinese Blue and White Porcelain and Related Underglaze Red, City Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong 1975, cat.131 and sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18 November 1986, lot 72.

Christie's. Art d'Asie. 21 December 2009. Paris www.christies.com