• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1356

    A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING

    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN A LINE IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

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    A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING
    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN A LINE IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)
    Decorated in imitation of Xuande period (1426-1435) prototypes and boldly painted in inky underglaze blue around the sides with a four-clawed dragon trailing flames from its shoulders and grasping a stem of lingzhi in its jaws between petal lappet borders
    17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) high


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    Compare two other similar, but larger, Wanli-marked meiping: one (63.4 cm.) illustrated by Lu Minghua in Mingdai Guanyao Ciqi, Shanghai, 2007, p. 167, fig. 3-97; the other (58.5 cm.) illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Tokyo, vol. 1, p. 318, no. 952. These and the present meiping were made in imitation of Xuande period (1426-35) prototypes, such as the one illustrated in Imperial Porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande Periods, Excavated from the Site of the Ming Imperial Factory at Jingdezhen, Hong Kong, 1989, pp. 258-9, no. 88.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in 1982.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property From a Private West Coast Collection