21 - 22 June 2016
OREILLER DE LA 'FAMILLE ZHANG' EN GRES CIZHOU
CHINE, DYNASTIE YUAN (1279-1368)
The rectangular pillow is finely painted in brown with a scene within a panel, probably from the Southern opera 'Zhao Zhennü and Cai Erlang', on the slightly concave top. Two peonies are painted on the front, and a phoenix standing on peony sprays on the back, with two hand-written inscriptions on both sides reading guxiangci feisu, Zhangjiazhen bufan ('ancient ceramics are great, Zhang's family's pillows are extraordinary') ; small restorations.
16 ½ in. (42 cm.) long
Collection of the late Laurent Kadé (1933-1990), France, and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Compare the similarly decorated Yuan dynasty pillows illustrating scenes from popular local operas, illustrated by Weidu Ma in Patterns on Porcelain, The Forbidden City Publishing House, 2014, P. 214 and P. 216.
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