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    Sale 12290

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art And Textiles Part II

    13 May 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 764

    A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE EWER AND COVER

    DAOGUANG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)

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    A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE EWER AND COVER
    DAOGUANG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
    The ewer is decorated in the Ming style imitating 'heaping and piling' with a cartouche to each side of the body, one enclosing a fruiting peach branch and the other a loquat branch, surrounded by flowering branches and a band of lotus scrolls to the lower neck. The curved handle is decorated with lingzhi sprigs and the spout with meandering branches. The cover is painted with an intricate chrysanthemum scroll.
    10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high


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    This style of ewer was popular throughout the Qing dynasty, particularly in the Qianlong period, and imitates early 15th century prototypes. The intricate form of this ewer is derived from Near Eastern metalwork with which the Chinese came into contact through trade and exchange of exotic objects in the late Yuan and early Ming periods.
    For an example of the Ming prototype of this exact design, see J. Ayers and R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, 1986, vol. II, no. 618.
    A very similar ewer and cover, also with Daoguang mark and of the period, sold at Christie's, London, 12 July 2005, lot 172.

    Provenance

    Property of a Noble European Lady
    Collection of a Spanish diplomat, who was based in Shanghai in the 1940s.