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A BLUE-GLAZED BOWL AND A BLUE-GLAZED DISH
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES AND MARGOT NESBITT, OKLAHOMA CITY
A BLUE-GLAZED BOWL AND A BLUE-GLAZED DISH

JINGWEI TANG ZHI HALL MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN DOUBLE SQUARES, 18TH-EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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A BLUE-GLAZED BOWL AND A BLUE-GLAZED DISH
JINGWEI TANG ZHI HALL MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN DOUBLE SQUARES, 18TH-EARLY 19TH CENTURY
The exterior of each is covered in a rich blue glaze below the brown-glazed rim, and the interior is white.
5 3/8 and 7 7/8 in. (13.6 and 20 cm.) diam.

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The hall mark, Jingwei tang zhi, 'Made for the Hall of Reverent Awe', is found on blue-glazed as well as celadon-glazed vessels with brown-dressed rims, of various shapes and sizes, indicating they were made as part of larger sets. Christie's has sold a number of vessels bearing this hall mark including a pair of blue-glazed dishes of larger size (9½ in.), Paris, 11 December 2013, lot 64; a pair of blue-glazed cups and saucers, New York, 18 September 2003, lot 355; and a celadon-glazed bowl and cover, Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1545.
Ming Wilson in Rare Marks on Chinese Porcelain, London, 1998, p. 114, in reference to a celadon-glazed bowl with this mark, notes that Jingwei Tang was the studio name of Li Hu, alias Duanren, style name Zhucun, a native of Cixi, but that it has also "been suggested that porcelains bearing the Jingwei Tang mark once belonged to the Manchu high official Agedunbu." Pieces bearing this mark also appear to have been made not only between the Yongzheng and Qianlong periods, but also between the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods, perhaps indicating that the hall was "in use for several generations."

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