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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1802

    AN IMPORTANT EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE VASE, MEIPING

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPORTANT EARLY MING BLUE AND WHITE VASE, MEIPING
    XUANDE SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1426-1465)

    Painted around the body in cobalt of deep blue tone with a hibiscus scroll with spiky and feathery foliage, the flowers with pomegranate-shaped centres, between a band of upright overlapping plantain leaves around the foot and similar pendent leaves around the shoulder, the neck with flower sprays below the everted mouth
    10 in. (25.4 cm.) high, Japanese wood box


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    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 20 March 1990, lot 522.

    The meiping as a form is relatively rare in the Xuande period, and the painted designs are largely carried over from the previous Yongle reign. The present shape and design is very rare, the body is much more oviform with a narrower shoulder, while the mouth and neck are smaller in relation to the body. See a related vase with a similar design, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Blue-and-White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book II (part 1), CAFA, Hong Kong, 1963, pls. 2-2a; the overlapping leaves and lotus scroll on the main body are very similar, including the stepped base enclosing the reign mark.

    A similar example from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Palmer was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 17 January 1989, lot 572.

    Exhibited

    National Museum of History, Taipei, The Exquisite Chinese Artifacts - Collection of the Ching Wan Society, 1995, no. 95