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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2543 A

    A RARE MING YELLOW-GROUND, UNDERGLAZE-BLUE AND IRON-RED DOUBLE-GOURD VASE

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    A RARE MING YELLOW-GROUND, UNDERGLAZE-BLUE AND IRON-RED DOUBLE-GOURD VASE
    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

    Painted in underglaze-blue on the upper and lower bulbs with a continuous scroll of undulating tendrils with widely spaced, spiky leaves enclosing peony heads enamelled with iron-red, divided at the mid-section by a band of detached florettes between double-lines and ruyi-head band of stylised petal lappets above the foot, all reserved on a ground of rich, egg-yolk yellow tone
    8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm.) high


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    A pair of similar double-gourd vases formerly from the Harry Oppenheim collection, now in the British Museum, is illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics, London, 2001, p. 254, nos. 9.88 & 9.89. Another example from the Toguri Collection was sold at Sotheby's London, 9 June 2004, lot 37.