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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1733

    A RARE EARLY MING UNDERGLAZE COPPER-RED FOLIATE CUPSTAND

    Price Realised  

    A RARE EARLY MING UNDERGLAZE COPPER-RED FOLIATE CUPSTAND
    HONGWU PERIOD (1368-1398)

    Freely painted to the recessed centre of the interior with a peony spray within a thin band of petals at the sloping outer edge, encircled by a continuous chrysanthemum scroll below eight detached lotus sprays in the lobed well, the everted rim with a classic scroll, the exterior with lotus panels, the unglazed foot burnt to a light orange-buff colour in the firing, the copper-red of dark greyish-black colour
    7 3/4 in. (19.6 cm.) across, box


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    A cupstand of this foliate form from the Avery Brundage Collection, painted with the same design in underglaze-red is illustrated by M. Medley, Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware, pl. 55B.

    A small group of similarly shaped cupstands decorated in underglaze-red or underglaze-blue are known with slightly varying floral designs of chrysanthemum as in the present dish or with peony or lotus scrolls. Compare with a cupstand from the Edward Chow collection painted with smaller floral sprays in the cavetto, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 44 and sold again, 17 May 1988, lot 13. Another similarly painted cupstand with a ruyi medallion in the centre from the Manno Museum of Art was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 October 2002, lot 528.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A FAR-EASTERN COLLECTOR