18 September 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 242,500
Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 300,000
A Blue and White Square Porcelain Bottle
Joseon dynasty (19th century)
Of square section with slanted shoulders and tapered neck, painted in underglaze blue on each of the four sides with different scenes: two scholars on a tree-lined shore looking out onto a wide inlet; bamboo and plum; a pavilion on a rocky outcropping with its standard fluttering in the wind, a boat below and distant rocks and sun; and further bamboo interspersed with a branch of just-flowering plum, all within narrow line borders; the angled shoulders painted with scallops within slender lines; the vessel additionally decorated with a glossy transparent glaze of blue cast; base unglazed
6 3/8in. (16.2cm.) high; 3 3/8in. (8.7cm.) wide
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For other square bottles painted on the four sides with different panels, see Rhee Byung-chang, Richo toji/Yi Ceramics in Kankoku bijutsu shusen/Masterpieces of Korean Art (Tokyo: privately published, 1978), nos. 265-74.
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