A Pair of Yellow-Glazed and Black Flower Basins

Tongzhi, Qing Dynasty
Diameter: 30cm

Robust forms rests on perforated ring feet with deep outwardly angled walls and spreading lips, decorated with dark peony motif over yellow ground across middle in elegant coloration, with ruyi ring cap and black key and fret border over a lotus pink glaze, all in keeping with tastes of the Dowager Empress Cixi, whose Tihedianzhi leisure chamber seal is on the base in seal script.