A Chinese famille rose tea bowl decorated with a lady dancing. Yongzheng period.

Very fine eggshell tea bowl and his saucer decorated in famille rose palette enamels and gilt, with a figure of a chinese lady dancing in domestic interior. The sleeves of the dress are aubergine and the girdle is canary-yellow. The railings of the terrace are enameled in rose, as also are the tree branches beyond it. Nearby is a tall bamboo table in green and black, and also a stand in brown and blue. The broad outside border is of pink diaper work with four reserves, brilliantly enameled with peonies, pomegranates and fingered citron in natural colors. The narrow exterior border is in greenish blue diaper. A feature of this specimen is the extraordinary depth, nearly an inch, of the border inside the cup.

Period :
Yongzheng (1723-1735)
11,5 cm (saucer)
Reference :


Collection G. Paul-Calande

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An identical model (from a pair) was held on in the famous Martin-Hurst Collection and reproduced in The Book of Famille Rose by G. Williamson (1927, Plate VII).

Another identical teabowl was sold at Sotheby’s New York, The Collection of Khalil Rizk, 25 april 2008, lot 86 ; and another at Sotheby’s Montecarlo, 9 february 1982, lot 1193.

For a similar tea bowl and saucer, see Christie’s London, 11 december 2015, lot 717 (also reproduced in The book of Famille Rose  below our model).


This tea bowl and the saucer are characteristic of a group of finely painted wares made during the Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Often densely composed and usually employing the full range of the famille rose palette, these designs soon appealed to European tastes.

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