A MASSIVE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ GU-FORM VASE
A MASSIVE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ GU-FORM VASE
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A MASSIVE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ GU-FORM VASE

WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE RECTANGLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

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A MASSIVE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ GU-FORM VASE
WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE RECTANGLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)
Modelled after an archaic bronze gu, the well-proportioned vase is decorated on the exterior with four horizontal registers depicting a total of twenty dragons in flight above waves and rocks. The mid-section is applied with four lion-form masks, and the unglazed base is pierced with four circular apertures for ventilation.
29 in. (73.5 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Sold at Christie’s London, 19 June 2001, lot 49

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Lot Essay

The present vase is notable for its colourful enamels and impressive size. Compare with a very similar vase (75.2 cm.) sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 7 October 2015, lot 3662; and another example (74 cm.) decorated with dragons and phoenix in the Idemitsu Collection, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, no. 203. Compare also with a slightly shorter blue and white version (69.4 cm.) in the Museé Guimet, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The Worlds Great Collections, vol. 7, Tokyo, 1981, fig. 81.

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