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    Sale 2028

    Japanese & Korean Art

    18 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 372

    A White Porcelain Square Bottle


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    A White Porcelain Square Bottle
    Joseon dynasty (19th century)
    Rising from the flat square base to angled shoulders and tapered, square neck ending in a square mouth and decorated with a lustrous transparent glaze with blue cast; foot rim unglazed and with kiln grit, recessed base glazed
    7 1/8in. (18.cm.) high; 4 3/8in. (11cm.) wide

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    For another bottle of this type, see The Radiance of Jade and Clarity of Water: Korean Ceramics from the Ataka Collection, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute; New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1992), pl. 73. The catalogue entry remarks that scholars have not determined the exact procedure the Joseon potter followed for square porcelain bottles. One theory holds that he used four individual molds to form each side, pressed them together and then added the top and base. Another holds that the potter molded the clay into a dense cube that he hollowed out.