A Chinese porcelain famille rose large circular basin painted in the centre with a lake scene of ladies in boats picking lotus flowers, the Emperor standing in a covered pavilion overlooking the scene, beside a lady and attendant amongst rockwork and overhanging wuti, beneath clouds and the sun, the flat everted lipped rim painted with six floral reserves of peony, chrysanthemum and hibiscus on a lotus flowerhead ground stippled with white magnolia and hibiscus with traces of original gilding on the rim.

16 ¼ inches, 41.3 cm diameter.

Yongzheng, 1723-1735.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the Roy Davids Collection.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Recent Acquisitions, Qing Porcelain, 2011, no. 28, pp. 58/59.
  • Formerly in the collection of a well known Swedish family.
  • A basin painted with a similar subject probably dating from late Kangxi, the bequest of Mr & Mrs J.C.J. Druker-Fraser, 1944, is illustrated by Christian J.A. Jörg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, no.174, p. 159.
  • A famille verte rouleau vase with this design described as “The Emperor Xuanzong standing beside Yang Guifei, the most beautiful woman in China looking on at ladies picking lotus flowers” is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Ware from the Shanghai Museum Collection, 127, pp. 196/7. The scene is taken from a commentary on a Tang Dynasty Story and took place at the Huaqing Palace, built in 747.
  • A large Yongzheng dish painted with a similar scene is illustrated by Dr. G.C.Williamson in The Book of Famille Rose, 1927, pl. XL1V.