• Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 182

    A LARGE MING ZHANGZHOU (SWATOW) POLYCHROME BASIN

    EARLY 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE MING ZHANGZHOU (SWATOW) POLYCHROME BASIN
    EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    The heavily potted vessel with steep flaring sides and flaring everted rim, brightly decorated in the interior in iron-red, green, turquoise and black enamels with a long-tailed bird raised in slight relief and perched amongst peony blooms at the centre, double blooms of peony alternating with daisy in the well divided by mountains and pagodas and an indecipherable four-character seal mark to one side, the rim with similar flowers, the underside undecorated
    15¼ in. (38.8 cm.) diam.


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    Both the subject matter, depicting a single long-tailed bird in slight relief, and the inclusion of a single seal mark, appear to be relatively rare in Zhangzhou ceramics. Other examples with similar indecipherable sealmarks may be found but these are usually repeated four times on the dish or bowl and are not used as a single sealmark, as in the present lot. See the saucer-shaped dishes with four seals illustrated in Toji Taikei, Heibonsha Series, vol. 45, colour plate 12; another by Krahl and Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Seray Museum, Istanbul, vol. II, no. 1940, p. 895; and a further example is in the Museum Pusat, Jakarta, illustrated in The World's Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha Series, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco, 1982, fig. 251.

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