• Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1124

    A Celadon Stoneware Maebyong Incised with Lotus Blossoms

    GORYEO DYNASTY (12TH-13TH CENTURY)

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    A Celadon Stoneware Maebyong Incised with Lotus Blossoms
    Goryeo dynasty (12th-13th century)
    With elegant s-shaped profile, finely proportioned rounded shoulders and slender, tapering body, incised overall with lotus arabesques attached to curving stems and decorated with a vitreous celadon glaze, emerald in color across the top of the shoulders and in long streaks down the body, the craquelure dense on the shoulders and longer and more vertical toward the foot
    14 3/8in. (36.6cm.) high


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    For the celadon maebyong registered as a National Treasure, see Gungnip Jungang Bangmulgwan/National Museum of Korea (Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 1996), color plate, p. 176; Rhee Byung-chang, Korai toji/Koryo Ceramics, in Kankoku bijutsu shusen/Masterpieces of Korean Art (Tokyo: Privately published, 1978), no. 39; Kyoto National Museum et al., eds., Kankoku bijutsu gosennen ten/5000 Years of Korean Arts, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Asahi shinbun, 1976), no. 149.

    For a maebyong of similar size, shape and incised decoration, see Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1 (Tokyo: Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., 1976), no. 1113.

    Provenance

    John Yeon Collection, acquired from D. C. Ashley Fine Porcelains, San Francisco, 1961


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A WEST COAST PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    Portland Art Museum, In Pursuit of the Tiger: Korean Art from Portland Collections, exh. cat. (Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1995), exh. no. 17.

    Junghee Lee, Azaleas and Golden Bells: Korean Art in the Collection of the Portland Art Museum and in Portland Private Collections, exh. cat. (Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1998), pl. 4.


    Exhibited

    Seattle Art Museum, loan, 1993--95
    Portland Art Museum, loan, 1997--2008
    Portland Art Museum, "In Pursuit of the Tiger: Korean Art from Portland Collections," 11.19.1995--3.17.1996