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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1956

    A FINE AND RARE GILT-SPLASHED ARCHAISTIC WINE VESSEL, JUE

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    A FINE AND RARE GILT-SPLASHED ARCHAISTIC WINE VESSEL, JUE
    LATE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

    Cast with a characteristic pair of short posts on the mouthrim dividing the elongated pouring mouth and an exaggerated lip, decorated around the exterior of the cylindrical receptacle with taotie-masks against a leiwen-ground and divided by vertical flanges, one side with a loop-handle emerging from an animal-head, all raised on three tapered blade legs, decorated overall with characteristic gilt splashes
    8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) high


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    The base of this jue is inscribed with a slightly obscured mark in archaic script with a mark, reading Boshen Zuo Baoyi, 'Boshen made this precious yi'. Yi may be translated as a cup or libation vessel. Compare to a similar jue bearing a same mark included in the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong Exhibition, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, 1986, Catalogue, no. 161; and another sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 April 2001, lot 771.

    It is interesting to note that not only the form and decoration were copied in reverence to archaism but the inscription has been taken directly from characters inscribed on late Shang/early Zhou dynasty vessels. The name Boshen appears to be unrecorded.

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection