Black-ground famille-rose bowl to highlight Alfred Beit Chinese ceramics sale

A black-ground famille-rose bowl bearing the mark of the Yongzheng period (1723-1735) is to lead a sale of fine Chinese ceramics consigned by the Alfred Beit foundation next month.

The bowl carries an estimate of £80,000-120,000 ($129,085-193,628) ahead of the November 6 auction at Sotheby's London. 

It is extremely rare, with only one other example recorded, although a small number featuring similar designs exist.

Yongzheng Black Ground
The black-ground famille-rose bowl is one of only two recorded examples

A rare-ground coral famille-verte bowl features a design of contrasting bands of peony blossoms on the interior and exterior of the bowl.

It dates to the same era and comes to auction with an identical estimate of £80,000-120,000 ($129,085-193,628).

A pair of famille-rose balsam pear bowls from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) are valued at £40,000-60,000 ($64,546-96,819) and feature a depiction of a butterfly amidst flowers and fruits.

Robert Bradlow, head of Sotheby's fine Chinese ceramics and works of art department in London, commented: "Sir Alfred Beit was a discerning collector with a marvellous eye for exquisite pieces of Chinese porcelain.

"It is a privilege for Sotheby's to offer this group of ceramics which come to auction with exceptional provenance.

"With a particular penchant for examples of 'famille-rose' and 'famille-verte' porcelain, Sir Alfred made considered choices when selecting objects for his collection, with the emphasis on quality and design." 

In all the 20 ceramics assembled by collector and philanthropist Beit (1903-1994) are expected to make £300,000 ($484,066).

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