• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1898

    A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CYLINDRICAL JAR AND COVER

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    A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CYLINDRICAL JAR AND COVER
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Well painted in the Ming-style to simulate 'heaping and piling', the main register on the mid-body decorated with five lotus blooms, each flower is encircled by its stem and set within a star-pattern formed by ten rhomboid petals, all against a complex geometric pattern-ground and bordered by breaking waves, between bands of scrolling lotus, the waisted neck with further crested waves, supported on a low foot ring designed with half-flowerheads, the domed cover similarly decorated and surmounted by a globular finial
    11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm.) high


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    The inspiration for this geometric pattern was early Ming dynasty prototypes. Cf. two examples dated to the early fifteenth century, the first illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red, (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2000, p. 45, no. 43; and the other in the Freer Gallery of Art, illustrated by J. Pope, 'An Early Porcelain in Muslim Style', Aus der Welt der Islamischen Kunst: Festchrift fur Ernst Kuhnel, pl. 6A. This design is also found on early Ming moonflasks such as the example in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by J. Pope, op. cit., pl. 4B; and the flask from the Reach Family and Marie Therese Rodgrigues collections, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 April 1997, lot 657.

    Jars of this type were often referred to in the West by the Spanish term 'albarello', which Pope noted as having originally derived from 11th century pottery apothecary jars that were used throughout the Near East, and introduced into the West by the Moors to Spain.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's New York, 2 December 1989, lot 356