• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 284

    A RARE DOUCAI VASE

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A RARE DOUCAI VASE
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Sturdily potted with an ovoid body and standing on a slightly splayed foot, the cylindrical neck joined to the body with a stepped junction, and tapering towards the wide, turned-down mouth rim, the rim shaped into nine lappets each painted with a ruyi-shaped panel enclosing flower heads, the body painted with four elaborate lotus medallions below bats, flanked by further scrolling lotus sprays between a band of overlapping ruyi lappets at the foot, the neck with a band of stylised floral scroll between flame-filled lappets and stiff leaves
    16 7/8in. (42.8 cm) high.


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    While the basic shape of the current vase seems to have derived from the classic trumpet-mouth vases of earlier periods, the turned-down mouth may ultimately derive from the vases with lobed turned-down mouths from the 12th and 13th centuries.
    The turned-down mouth also appears on blue and white vessels of the Xuande reign, such as the lobed vase in the National Palace Museum collection (see National Palace Museum, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsüan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 1998, pp. 80-81, no.13).
    A similarly shaped Qianlong mark and period example in blue and white with turned-down mouth, was sold in these Rooms, 11 July 2006, lot 142

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