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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1752

    A VERY RARE LATE MING IRON-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE BOWL

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    A VERY RARE LATE MING IRON-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE BOWL
    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

    Finely painted to the exterior with eight galloping fabulous animals including dragon-headed carp, a lion, a tiger, an oxen, a deer, and a pair of horses to either side of a winged dragon-headed serpent, repeated on the interior as a medallion, all framed by pencilled swirling and cresting waves reserved on a washed ground of iron-red enamel
    4½in. (11.5cm.) diam., box


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    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 October 1995, lot 710.

    The bowl is yet another late Ming interpretation of whimsical early Ming motifs. Compare with a Xuande marked stemcup of this pattern, with winged mythical beasts reserved on an iron-red ground formerly in the collection of Dr. Ip Yee illustrated in Selected Treasures of Chiense Art, Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1990, fig. 141. A very rare Chenghua stembowl of this pattern and colour combination from the collection of W.W. Winkworth and Mrs. Walter Sedgwick is illustrated by S. Jenyns, Ming Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 66a; and again by A. Joseph, Ming Porcelain, London, 1971, pl. 59.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR