• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1876

    A FINE AND RARE LATE MING WUCAI SAUCER DISH

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    A FINE AND RARE LATE MING WUCAI SAUCER DISH
    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

    The central medallion finely painted in underglaze-blue to depict a dish, overflowing with melons, peaches, bamboo shoots, flowers and grapes rendered in the wucai palette, supported on a stand picked out in iron-red, with butterflies hovering above, the cavetto painted with the Eight Treasures, babao, the reverse with four fruiting and flowering peach sprays
    5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) diam., box


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    There appears to have been two types of this 'abundant fruit' pattern produced during the Wanli period. The first group is designed with a pattern around the cavetto and the other with a plain cavetto, such as the dish from the K. R. Malcolm collection, included in the exhibition, Arts of the Ming Dynasty, illustrated in the Catalogue, Oriental Ceramic Society, 1957, pl. 215. Compare with three dishes of this exact pattern with the babao on the cavetto: the first illustrated in Mayuyama Seventy Years, 1976, vol. I, no. 945; the two others were sold at Sotheby's London, 17 December 1996, lot 80, and 2 December 1997, lot 213, respectively. A dish surrounded by lingzhi sprays was included in the exhibition, Sung-Ming, Treasures from the Holger Lauritzen Collection, Ostasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, 1965, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 87.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 March 1992, lot 561


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