• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1865

    A VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE PEAR-SHAPED VASE, YUHUCHUNPING

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE PEAR-SHAPED VASE, YUHUCHUNPING
    YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)

    Freely painted to the body in deep purplish tones with a dignitary wearing long flowing robes in an outdoor setting, the reverse with a full grown buck, divided by rocky outcrops issuing foliage and below stylised cloud scrolls and mountain peaks
    10 3/4in. (27.5 cm.) high


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    Human subjects are rarely found on Yuan blue and white porcelain. A preference for symmetry and the novelty of secular themes may have something to do with this, though earlier Cizhou pieces employed a number of human themes. 'The Romance of the Three Kingdoms', Sanguo Yanyi, became highly popular at this time, and was adapted for blue and white decoration; see Chinese Art Under the Mongols, Cleveland 1968, Catalogue, no. 139. Examples with further lotus bands around the base and neck are in the Idemitsu Art Gallery, Tokyo, illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Shogakukan Series, vol. 13, colour pl. 59; another in the Umezaqa collection is illustrated by M. Medley, Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware, no. 38A.

    Compare also with a vase sold at Christie's London, 6 June 1988, lot 147 and another sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 18 March 1991, lot 517.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 25 October 1993, lot 715


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