• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 433

    A RARE PAIR OF CHINESE GLAZED STONEWARE ARCHITECTURAL TILES

    MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1412-1431

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF CHINESE GLAZED STONEWARE ARCHITECTURAL TILES
    MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1412-1431
    Probably from the Bao'en Temple, Nanjing, each crisply molded in high relief on one side with a richly caparisoned elephant surrounded by green scrolling foliage, all in green, amber, cream and brownish aubergine
    17 5/8 in. (44.9 cm.) wide, wood stands (2)


    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

    A very similar elephant-decorated glazed tile, which was part of an arched door frame from the Bao'en Temple Pagoda (The Porcelain Pagoda) outside Nanjing, was excavated along with two other tiles in 1959, and is illustrated by R.L. Thorp in the exhibition catalogue, Son of Heaven: Imperial Arts of China, Seattle, 1988, p. 114, no. 51. The temple was begun by the Yongle emperor in 1412 and completed in 1431 during the reign of the Xuande emperor. All of the bricks and tiles used in construction of the pagoda were produced by the nearby Imperial kilns. Another very similar tile, also attributed to the Bao'en Temple, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, rev. ed., p. 153, pl. 148.

    Provenance

    The C. Ruxton and Audrey B. Love Collection: Important European Furniture and Asian Works of Art; Christie's, New York, 20 October 2004, lot 642.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION