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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 162

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE GOURD VASE

    UNDERGLAZE-BLUE JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE-SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD, (1522-66)

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    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE GOURD VASE
    UNDERGLAZE-BLUE JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE-SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD, (1522-66)
    With a globular top above the bulbous square lower section, painted on the top with deities and attendants on terraced scenes with pine, plantain and rockwork, the lower section with four scenes of boys at play in gardens, below a band of lotus to the shoulder and classic scroll to the short waisted neck
    10 3/8 in. (26.2 cm.) high


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    This rare form, in which the upper bulb of the double gourd is spherical and the lower is a cube, relates to the traditional representation of Heaven as a circle and Earth as a square. Although they were difficult to fire successfully, square forms became popular in the 16th century. Nevertheless such vases with round upper bulb and square base are rare.

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