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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 714

    A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING

    MING DYNASTY, LATE 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING
    MING DYNASTY, LATE 15TH CENTURY
    Heavily potted and painted in rich underglaze blue with a scene of an official holding a crop as he rides his horse through a setting of willow and pine trees, his cloth-wrapped sword carried by the attendant preceding him, and containers of food and drink suspended from a pole carried by the attendant behind, between a band of leaf tips below and peony and camellia sprays above, with cruciform motifs on the short tapering neck
    14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) high, stand and box


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    Compare the impressive blue and white guan jar painted in the so-called 'windswept' style with three noblemen on horseback, the figures similarly robed and the beasts similarly caparisoned as on the present lot, and similar upright plantain leaves encircling the foot, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics. A New Comprehensive Survey, New York, 1996, pp. 222-3, no. 411.

    See a related 'windswept' meiping decorated with scholars in a landscape in the Benaki Museum, illustrated by L. Ashton and R.L. Hobson in the Catalogue of the Chinese Pottery & Porcelain, Athens, 1939, pl. XXIX, no. 398. A much smaller example (27.3 cm. high), also painted with a scholar and attendant in a landscape, was sold in these rooms, 19 March 2008, lot 574.

    Provenance

    J.M. Hu.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN