• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1810

    A RARE LARGE MING BLUE-GROUND 'CRANES' DISH

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE LARGE MING BLUE-GROUND 'CRANES' DISH
    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

    The deep dish with rounded sides, slightly recessed in the centre, the interior with a central medallion boldly painted with five cranes in flight amidst four leafy fruiting peach sprigs and four lingzhi-sprays issuing from rockwork, below a quatrefoil cartouche enclosing a shou character, all reserved on an inky-violet-blue ground leaving a double-line border in white, further repeated at the rim, the exterior similarly decorated with fruiting peach sprigs flanked by pairs of flying cranes divided by lingzhi
    13 in. (33 cm.) diam.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 31 October 1995, lot 377 and sold again at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 618.

    Compare two similar examples with this striking design reserved on a rich blue-ground, the first illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, vol. II, no. 706; and a dish formerly from the Avery Brundage Collection, now in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1996, no. 421, p. 244.

    A smaller related reverse-decorated dish with a fruiting peach tree in the form of a shou character from the Percival David Foundation, is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha series, 1975, vol. 6, no. 81.