A very large Chinese imperial porcelain “hundred bats”, baifu, charger painted with iron-red bats in flight amongst fencai stylised ruyi-head clouds in purple, turquoise, blue and yellow enamels, all within a gilt band at the rim, the underside similarly decorated above a gilt band at the foot and beneath an iron-red line at the rim.

20 ¼ inches, 51.5 cm diameter.

The base with a six-character mark of Guangxu in iron-red and of the period, 1875-1908.


Excellent condition,  a tiny glaze flake to the rim, very slightly wear to one bat’s wing.

Provenance & Additional Information

    • Formerly in the collection of Carl (1886-1958) and Birgitta Curman, nee Palme, married in 1918 and thence by direct family descent.
    • Included by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of Marchant, Fifty Qing Imperial Porcelains, 11th July 2020, lot 3150.
  • A similar dish is included by Peter Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong, no. 139, p. 132.