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A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE JAR, GUAN
YUAN AND MING CERAMICS THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE JAR, GUAN

YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)

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A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE JAR, GUAN
YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)
The tapering ovoid body painted with a frieze of peony meander set between a band of lotus lappets around the base and a ruyi-head collar filled with ducks, egrets and geese on a wave ground on the rounded shoulder, applied with a pair of molded lion masks, the neck with a band of lotus scroll below a further band of classic scroll at the dish-shaped mouth encircled by a key-fret border
14½ in. (36.8 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Sotheby's, London, 6 June 1995, lot 208.

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It is interesting to note the distinctive use of a ruyi-shaped collar as a decorative design on blue and white ceramics of the Yuan dynasty. On jars of this type, the format of this band is found in two groups. The first group is found to enclose subjects such as birds or mythical creatures against a wave-ground, such as the present example. Other similar jars also include those decorated with mythical horses, illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, Tokyo, 1981, vol. 13, pl. 53; another with galloping horses above waves illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, Part II, 1986, p. 407, pl. 586. The second group of ruyi collars is decorated with either dense floral scrolls or phoenixes in flight amidst flowers, such as the two jars illustrated by Zhu Yu Ping, Yuandai Qinghuaci, Hong Kong, 2000, p. 71, fig. 3-16, from the Boston Fine Art Museum (enclosing flowers); and p. 96, fig. 4-7, from the Cleveland Museum of Art (phoenix).

Compare, also, this ruyi motif applied on a meiping from the Gao'an Museum, included in the exhibition, Yuan and Ming Blue and White Ware from Jiangxi, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 20; the wave-filled ruyi-shaped collar encloses an egret, ducks and other water birds among lotus, in a very similar style to the present guan.

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