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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 563

    A VERY RARE UNDERGLAZE-RED-DECORATED PEAR-SHAPED BOTTLE VASE, YUHUCHUNPING

    YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)

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    A VERY RARE UNDERGLAZE-RED-DECORATED PEAR-SHAPED BOTTLE VASE, YUHUCHUNPING
    YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)
    Well potted and painted with two leafy tendrils, each bearing a lotus blossom and forming a continuous scroll around the mid-section of the pear-shaped body below a band of detached scroll-filled leaf tips, all within double-line borders, and in dark grayish-red reserved against a white glaze of pale blue tone continuing into the neck and also covering the interior of the slightly flared foot
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high


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    Compare the vase of very similar form and decoration in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, rev. ed., 1989, no. 13 and again in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, 1976, Tokyo, vol. I, no. 726. Another vase in the Avery Brundage Collection, the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, also painted with lotus scroll below a band of scroll-filled panels was included in the exhibition, Chinese Art Under the Mongols: the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Cleveland Museum of Art, 2 October - 24 November, 1968, no. 167.

    Other yuhuchunping painted in a similar style in underglaze red and decorated with scrolling tendrils of different flowers, including peony on a vase in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, included in the exhibition, In Pursuit of the Dragon, Traditions and Transitions in Ming Ceramics, Seattle Art Museum, 1988, no.7, and chrysanthemum on a vase in the British Museum, Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1981, vol. 5, no. 74.