A pair of Chinese imperial porcelain famille rose enamelled fencai saucer dishes, each brightly painted with the bajixiang, ribbon-tied with flowering branches in green, blue, pink, turquoise, white, aubergine and iron-red enamels encircling a stylised central lotus flower head and interlinked flower heads in lime green enamel, all within gilt rings, the underside with branches of stylised lotus, peony and peach flowers, with a peach and bud on elaborate scrolls, the underside with an underglaze blue six character mark of Tongzhi and of the period.

Tongzhi 1862-1874

6 inches, 15.3 cm diameter

Excellent condition

• From the collection of a private Nordic gentleman, acquired in Beijing in the 1950’s.

• A slightly larger single dish of this pattern bearing a Daoguang mark, from a private collection, is illustrated by Hepburn Myrtle in Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, no. 18, p. 18; a further large dish of similar pattern bearing a Guangxu mark, is illustrated by Peter Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1983, no. 125, p. 124.

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