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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 595

    AN UNUSUAL LARGE COPPER-RED AND CELADON-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE MOLDED JARDINIERE

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN UNUSUAL LARGE COPPER-RED AND CELADON-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE MOLDED JARDINIERE
    18TH CENTURY
    Thickly potted with steep sides rising to an everted rim, molded with the Eight Horses of Mu Wang and their attendants in a landscape setting, all in copper red, celadon and rich underglaze blue
    18¾ in. (47.6 cm.) high, stand


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    The legendary Eight Horses of Mu Wang, the fifth sovereign of the Western Zhou dynasty (c.1100-771 BC), were renowned for their speed and perseverance. They are traditionally believed to have been used by King Mu on his mythical journey to visit Xi Wang Mu, the Queen Mother of the West, and on his expeditions to subdue barbarian tribes. A popular decorative motif in Chinese art, the horses each bore a distinguishing name, and their unique dispositions are perhaps suggested here on this charming and very rare molded jardinière in which they appear in various dramatic poses.

    Provenance

    Private Pennsylvania collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    QING CERAMICS

    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUNDS OF CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART, PITTSBURGH