Just one of the finest ruby ground pieces of Yongzheng wares we’ve enjoyed having, this thinly potted and exquisitely decorated tea bowl and saucer bear finely rendered grisaille peony cartouches in reserve against a rich, flawless ruby red ground, both pieces edged with a gilt-diapered and floral border. This would have been part of a very expensive tea set, painstakingly produced as the even, rich ruby ground color was very difficult to fire in the kiln and produce. The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 7/8″, and both translucent pieces without any apparent damage or restoration with the exception of a minute flea bite on the edge of the saucer. From the Nelson Kline Collection. Circa 1730.