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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 201

    A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE EWER

    UNDERGLAZE BLUE QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE EWER
    UNDERGLAZE BLUE QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Decorated in Ming style with simulated 'heaping and piling' with a shaped cartouche on each side, one enclosing a fruiting and flowering peach branch, the other a fruiting lychee branch, each flanked by ascending flower stems, all between a band of petal lappets below and bands of foliate scroll and upright leaves on the neck, the curved strap handle decorated with detached lingzhi sprigs and applied on top with a foliate scroll, the curved spout decorated with leafy meander above a ruyi border and joined to the neck by a cloud-shaped strut
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) high


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    The design of these Qing dynasty ewers is a precise copy of similar blue and white porcelain ewers from the early 15th century. A Ming dynasty example bearing a Xuande reign mark (AD 1426-35) in the Palace Museum is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 34 - Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (I), Hong Kong, 2000, p. 121, no. 115. The shape of these early 15th century ewers was influenced by Near Eastern metalwork.

    A similar example sold in our New York Rooms, 19 September 2006, lot 307; another example sold in these Rooms, 8 June 2004, lot 332.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18 November 1986, lot 233