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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 555

    A RARE NUMBERED JUNYAO JARDINIERE

    YUAN/EARLY MING DYNASTY, LATE 14TH-EARLY 15TH CENTURY

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    A RARE NUMBERED JUNYAO JARDINIERE
    YUAN/EARLY MING DYNASTY, LATE 14TH-EARLY 15TH CENTURY
    Of zhadou form, the compressed bulbous body raised on a spreading pedestal foot and surmounted by a wide trumpet-shaped neck, covered overall with a glaze of mottled, milky pale blue color ('moon white') shading to a darker tone below the rim where the glaze has thinned to a mushroom color, the base pierced with five drainage holes, and inscribed before firing on the inside of the foot with the numeral si (four)
    8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) across, box


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    Several Junyao jardiniére of this shape and approximate size, with varying glaze colors, are illustrated in A Panorama of Ceramics in the National Palace Museum: Chün Ware, Taipei, 1999, including one with a similar 'moon white' color glaze, pp. 60-1, no. 13.
    Based on extensive archaeological and scientific research in China, presented at symposia held in 2005 and 2006, the majority of scholars now conclude that these fine quality numbered Jun wares must date to the Yuan or early Ming dynasty, late 14th to early 15th century. Jun wares do not appear to have been mentioned in Chinese literature before the Ming dynasty, but are mentioned frequently by the latter part of the Ming dynasty. Interestingly, comparisons with ceramics from other kilns, including some excavated from the Imperial Ming kilns at Jingdezhen, suggest that these vessels may have been made for the court in the early Ming dynasty, which would account for the high proportion of extant examples being preserved in the Imperial collections.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890 - 1920s, thence by descent within the family.