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A FINE AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE MOULDED 'DRAGON' STEMCUP
YUAN DYNASTY, EARLY TO MID-14TH CENTURY
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the wide, flared cup resting on a hollow splayed stem with horizontal bamboo-node ridges, emphasized by incised lines, the interior crisply moulded around the well with two four-clawed dragons striding among flames in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', one with the character yu ('jade') in front of its foremost claw, set around a central medallion boldly painted in dark cobalt blue with a chrysanthemum spray within a moulded double-line border, all under a 'classic' scroll at the rim, the exterior decorated in underglaze blue with a single three-clawed dragon with wide open jaws, a slender undulating body and scales finely detailed by cross-hatching, emitting flames and chasing a pearl, the cup applied overall with a smooth transparent glaze slightly tinged to blue and thinning to white on the moulded designs on the interior


diameter 11.5 cm., 4 1/2 in.
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Provenienz

Yamanaka & Co., Ltd (January 1940, £ 38).
Collection of R.H.R. Palmer (1898-1970) (no. 539).
Christie’s Hong Kong, 17th January 1989, lot 561.
Jingguantang Collection, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong.
Christie’s Hong Kong, 3rd November 1996, lot 542.

Ausgestellt

Selected Treasures of Chinese Art, Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1990-91, cat. no. 121.

Literatur

Sir Harry Garner, Oriental Blue and White, London, 1954, pl. 2 A.
E.E. Bluett, ‘Chinese Works of Art in English Collections: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. R.H.R. Palmer,' part 1, Apollo, April 1958, p. 160, fig. VIII (c).
The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 57.
Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, no. 1619.

Katalognotizen

Stemcups with such freely executed sketches of vigorous dragons chasing 'flaming pearls' appear to have been in use throughout China during the Yuan dynasty, although extant examples are rare. Similar stemcups, decorated both with dragons and with phoenix, were excavated from the Yuan city site at Jininglu in Inner Mongolia, see Chen Yongzhi, ed., Nei Menggu Jininglu gu cheng yizhi chutu ciqi/Porcelain Unearthed from Jininglu Ancient City Site in Inner Mongolia, Beijing, 2004, pl. 46, for a dragon stemcup, pls. 42-4, for three stemcups with phoenix, and p. 12, for several pieces packed together in a jar, as found on site. The same dragon stemcup was included in the exhibition Yuan qinghua/Blue and White of the Yuan, Capital Museum, Beijing, 2009, cat. no. 107, together with a related piece excavated from a Yuan hoard in Anhui, cat. no. 106. Another example, excavated from the tomb of the eminent Ming official Wang Xingzu, datable to the fourth year of Hongwu (AD 1371), is in the Nanjing Museum, published in Wang Qingzheng, Underglaze Blue and Red, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 33.

A piece in the British Museum, London is published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no. 1: 24; and two similar stemcups from the collections of Mrs. O. Harriman and Lord Cunliffe, respectively, were included in the exhibition Chinese Blue and White Porcelain: 14th to 19th Centuries, The Oriental Ceramic Society at The Arts Council Gallery, London, 1953-4, cat. nos. 11 and 12. 

The Meiyintang Collection, Part IV - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains

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