PETIT BOL EN PORCELAINE WUCAI
PETIT BOL EN PORCELAINE WUCAI
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PETIT BOL EN PORCELAINE WUCAI

CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, MARQUE A SIX CARACTERES EN BLEU SOUS COUVERTE DANS UN DOUBLE CERCLE ET EPOQUE WANLI (1573-1619)

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PETIT BOL EN PORCELAINE WUCAI
CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, MARQUE A SIX CARACTERES EN BLEU SOUS COUVERTE DANS UN DOUBLE CERCLE ET EPOQUE WANLI (1573-1619)
Reposant sur un petit pied, l'extérieur est orné de canards mandarins, grues et oiseaux dans un étang de lotus épanouis. L'intérieur est à décor de volutes en forme de ruyi dans un double cercle en bleu sous couverte.
Diamètre: 10,8 cm. (4 ¼ in.)
Provenance
Property from a French private collection.
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A SMALL WUCAI 'LOTUS POND' BOWL
CHINA, MING DYNASTY, WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

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Lot Essay

The depiction of ducks in a lotus pond as a decorative motif on ceramics has its origins in the Tang dynasty and gained particular popularity in the Yuan dynasty on blue and white dishes and vases. The popularity of the motif continued throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties and featured prominently on ceramics from the Xuande and Chenghua periods, the late Ming period and the latter half of the Qing dynasty. The pair of ducks is associated with fidelity and harmony. In Designs as Signs: Decoration and Chinese Ceramics, Percival David Foundation, London, 2001, Stacey Pierson explains that pairs of mandarin ducks, yuan yang, represent marital fidelity or harmony as these ducks are said to mate for life. In association with lotus (homophonous with the word for harmony he), they can represent a wish for sons.

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