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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3224

    A RARE LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-GOURD WALL-VASE

    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1609)

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    A RARE LATE MING BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-GOURD WALL-VASE
    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1609)
    The vase is painted on the lower gourd with a Daoist sage and his attendants seated before a screen in a garden setting under pine trees and behind ornamental rocks. The upper gourd is decorated with birds amid peonies and trees. Further detailed on the splayed foot with demi-florettes and a classic scroll border on the narrow waist. Its straight neck is painted with a full-faced dragon within a panel below a key fret meander. On the flat reverse side is the reign mark written within a rectangular frame which is supported on a lotus blossom above a square aperture, pierced for hanging.
    12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm.) high, wood box


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    A small group of these wall-vases painted with this same theme are known such as the example in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Underglaze Blue and Red, no. 167, p. 167; another vase is in the Musée Guimet is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collection, 1981, vol. 7, no. 82; a third example from John Sparks, London, was included in the Marco Polo Seventh Centenary Exhibition, Mostra d’arte Cinese Venice, 1954, Catalogue, no. 676. Compare also a vase from the Jingguantang Collection, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 5 November 1997, lot 887.