• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1888

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE VASE, MEIPING

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    AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE VASE, MEIPING
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The vase is potted with a broad shoulder and waisted neck, the exterior painted in deep shades of blue with simulated 'heaping and piling', with six fruit and flowersprays arranged in two registers, comprising lychee, peach, pomegranate, peony, prunus and lotus, above a band of upright plantain leaves at the foot, ten petal panels below the neck painted with four floral sprays
    12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high, box


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    The inspiration for this shape and pattern originates from examples produced during the early Ming period, such as the 15th century example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book II (part 1), Hong Kong, 1963, pl. 1; and two other meiping vases illustrated by T. Misugi, The Ardebil Shrine Collection, Hong Kong University Press, 1981, nos. A69 and A70.

    A number of these tall, high shouldered vases are published: one formerly from the Edward T. Chow collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1981, lot 546; a vase from the Eugene O. Perkins collection, sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1989, lot 90; and a pair from the T. Y. Chao collection, exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 79, one of which is now in the S. C. Ko Tianminlou collection, and is illustrated in Blue and White Porcelains in the Collection of Tianminlou Foundation, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 222, no. 94.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 October 1991, lot 164, and from the Robert Chang collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 November 2004, lot 1078


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Exhibited

    Christie's London, An Exhibition of Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, 1993, Catalogue, p. 183, no. 86