• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1873

    AN EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE 'LOTUS' BOWL

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    AN EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE 'LOTUS' BOWL
    XUANDE SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1426-1435)

    Finely potted with deep rounded sides rising to a slightly flared rim, painted in inky-blue tones to the interior with a central medallion containing a lotus borne on a leafy sprig, the well decorated with a composite floral meander issuing peony, chrysanthemum, gardenia, lotus and rose blossoms below a pencilled floral scroll at the rim, the exterior with a further arched scroll issuing five lotus flowers below a keyfret border at the rim and lotus petals radiating upward from the foot, the foot encircled with a classic scroll
    6 3/4 in. ( 17.2 cm. ) diam., Japanese wood box


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    Bowls of this pattern with Xuande marks from both public and private collections have been published. Comparable examples include: one illustrated by M. Tregear, Guide to Chinese Ceramics in the Ashmolean Museum, 1966, pl. 30; one by R. L. Hobson in the Percival David Foundation Catalogue, pl. CXXXIV; and a bowl illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, 1987, pl. 22. Compare also the example in the John A. Pope collection included in the Exhibition of Ming Blue and White, Philadelphia Museum, 1949, Catalogue, no. 45; and one sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1846.

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