• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1393


    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

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    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Incised in the biscuit with six dragons leaping full face amidst clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls, all covered in green glaze and reserved on an opaque white ground, with a lengthy collector's inscription incised on the base
    14 in. (35.6 cm.) high

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    The inscription is that of a collector and may be translated, 'This vase, named Shigu, not yet stored in the ground, was obtained in mid-summer of the yihai year of Guangxu. May my descendants treasure it. Carved by Yongzhisanren.' The date in the inscription corresponds to 1875.

    The shape and unusual decoration of this meiping are based on Ming prototypes such as the example with Hongzhi mark in the British Musuem illustrated by S. Jenyns, Ming Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1953, pl. 76B, and another dated 15th/16th century illustrated in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1981, no. 890. See, also, the Ming example illustrated in Special Exhibition of Dragon-Motif Porcelain, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1983, no. 44. On the Ming meiping the dragons are shown in profile.


    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 23 May 1978, lot 167.
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 17 May 1988, lot 108.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property From a Private West Coast Collection