• 拍賣 2862

    重要中國瓷器及工藝精品

    2011年6月1日, Convention Hall

  • 拍品 3805

    青花龍紋玉壺春瓶

    成交總額 

    元  青花龍紋玉壺春瓶

    瓶圓腹,外撇足,喇叭口,繪三爪遊龍趕珠,足圈環卷草紋一周。

    單繪游龍趕珠的玉壺春瓶並不常見,日本大阪市立東洋陶磁美術館藏一件,見2000年上海出版《元代青花瓷》,87頁,圖版3-45號。另一件先後由C. E. Russell Collection及Alfred Clark伉儷收藏,並參加1935-1936倫敦中國藝術國際展覽會(展品編號1434),2011年4月7日於香港蘇富比玫茵堂珍藏專拍中拍賣,拍品38號。

    此器1998年4月28日於香港蘇富比拍賣,拍品726號。


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    Striding dragons chasing a flaming pearl are a very effective motif applied to the swelling bodies of pear-shaped vases yuhuchun ping such as the current example, but are relatively rare. A slightly smaller pear-shaped vase with similarly disposed dragon to that on the present vessel is in the collection of the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka illustrated by Zhu Yuping in Yuandai qinghua ci, Wenhui chubanshe, Shanghai, 2000, p. 87, no. 3-45. Another slightly smaller vase formerly in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clark and previously in the C.E. Russell Collection from which it was loaned to the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1935-6 (exhibit no. 1434) is illustrated by Sir Harry Garner in Oriental Blue and White, Faber and Faber, London, 1954, pl. 3. The vase was later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, The Meiyintang Collection, 7 April 2011, lot 38. A further example was excavated in 1988 from a tomb of the Wengniute Banner at Wutonghua, north of Chifeng and was exhibited in Empires Beyond the Great Wall - The Heritage of Genghis Khan, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1993, p. 141, no. 91.

    These vases, along with the current example, do not have any motifs other than the 'flaming pearl' accompanying the three-clawed dragons, but a somewhat larger pear-shaped vase in the collection of the Henan Provincial Museum is decorated with a four-clawed dragon accompanied by fungus-shaped clouds (illustrated by Zhu Yuping, op.cit., p. 101, no. 4-15). A pear-shaped vase with cut-down neck and a three-clawed dragon in the collection of the British Museum, London, also shows the dragon accompanied by clouds and additionally had a petal band around the lower part of the body illustrated by Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, British Museum Press, London, 2001, p. 72-3, no. 1:29.

    The type of energetic three-clawed dragon seen on the current vase also provided a popular theme on stem cups, as can be seen from an example in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press, Hong Kong, 2000, p. 14, no. 12, and two examples in the collection of the British Museum, London illustrated by Jessica Harrison-Hall, op. cit., pp. 70-1, nos. 1:24 and 1:25 and on lot 3807 of this sale.

    來源

    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28 April 1998, lot 726


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