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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1757

    A RARE WUCAI BOWL

    Price Realised  

    A RARE WUCAI BOWL
    SHUNZHI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1644-1661)

    The deep bowl with rounded sides and supported on a short slightly tapered foot, enamelled on the exterior with a lively scene of a galloping horse turning to face two mythical beasts, detailed in vivid enamels of green, yellow and iron-red, amidst flame scrolls and florettes, the base incised with the six-character reign mark in underglaze-blue within double-circles
    5¾ in. (14.3 cm.) diam.


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's London, 6 July 1976, lot 180; sold again at Christie's London, 13 December 1982, and at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 27 April 2003, lot 236.

    The appearance of the reign mark of the first Qing dynasty emperor Shunzhi (1644-1661) is rarely seen on ceramics.

    Provenance

    Sir Percival and Lady David


    Literature

    Soame Jenyns, 'The Wares of the Transitional Period Between the Ming and the Ch'ing, 1620-1683', Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, IX, 1955, fig. 7C


    Exhibited

    London, The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1964, Catalogue, no. 161
    Hong Kong, Chi'ing Polychrome Exhibition, Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society, Catalogue, 1977, no. 2
    Hong Kong, Transitional Wares and their Forerunners, Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society, Catalogue, 1981, no. 171