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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 251

    A SMALL EARLY MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE VASE

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A SMALL EARLY MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE VASE
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Made in imitation of 15th century prototypes, heavily potted with shallow square body with faceted corners surmounted by a tubular neck and painted with flowering convolvulus vine below the lipped rim, the neck flanked by a pair of monster-headed handles, the whole raised on a spreading pedestal foot, with apocryphal Xuande mark on the base
    5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) high


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    The very unusual shape of this vase and its early 15th century prototypes is referred to by Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Ming Porcelain, New York, 1978, p. 109, fig. 77, as being derived from a Persian model, possibly alluding to a metal shape.

    For an early 15th century prototype see the vase with Xuande mark, and of the period, illustrated in Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Ming Chu Qinghuaci (Early Ming Blue and White Ceramics in the Palace Museum Collection), vol. 1, Beijing, 2002, pp. 158-9, no. 83. Later in the Ming period vases of this type were still being produced, with or without a Xuande mark. See the two vases dated to the 16th century included in the exhibition, Ming Blue and White, Philadelphia, 1949, nos. 120 and 12l. The first from the collection of Russell Tyson appears not to have had a mark, while no. 121, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has a Xuande mark.

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