A RARE AND SUPERBLY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE ‘MANDARIN DUCK’ VASE, YUHUCHUNPING
A RARE AND SUPERBLY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE ‘MANDARIN DUCK’ VASE, YUHUCHUNPING
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A RARE AND SUPERBLY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE ‘MANDARIN DUCK’ VASE, YUHUCHUNPING

YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)

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A RARE AND SUPERBLY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE ‘MANDARIN DUCK’ VASE, YUHUCHUNPING
YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)
The vase is freely painted in cobalt blue around the body with pairs of mandarin ducks swimming amid lotus flowers and aquatic plants, between narrow bands of classic scroll and larger lotus panels. The slender trumpet neck is decorated with upright plantain leaves above a band of key-frets, the flared mouth and foot with further decorative borders.
9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Provenance
Eskenazi, London, no. 9627
A Southeast Asian collection
Sold at Christie’s London, 15 November 2000, lot 14
The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection, Paris, acquired in 2000
A Japanese private collection, acquired 2018
Literature
Jean-Paul Desroches, Two Americans in Paris: A Quest for Asian Art, Paris, 2016, no. 283
Exhibited
Montreal Museum of Archeology and History, Montreal, 2016
Kimbell Art Museum, Texas, 2017

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Lot Essay

Blue and white pear-shaped vases from the Yuan dynasty are very rare with few surviving examples. A very similar Yuan vase depicting a lotus pond and with almost identical decorative bands, but without mandarin ducks, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection (accession no. 1984.297) (fig. 1). Another Yuan vase of very similar form, but decorated with melons on vines, from Mayuyama & Co., was sold at Christie’s New York, 14 September 2017, lot 1179. Compare also to a Yuan yuhuchunping decorated with phoenix, sold at Sotheby’s London, 13 May 2015, lot 283; and a Yuan blue-glazed yuhuchunping with traces of a gilt dragon motif, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28 November 2018, lot 2903.

The pattern of mandarin ducks swimming amid a lotus pond can also be seen on a Yuan blue and white charger, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, lot 4054 (fig. 2).

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