3504
3504
A LONGQUAN CELADON ‘FRUIT AND FLOWERS’ MEIPING
YUAN DYNASTY
Estimation
800 0001 000 000
Lot. Vendu 1,720,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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3504
A LONGQUAN CELADON ‘FRUIT AND FLOWERS’ MEIPING
YUAN DYNASTY
Estimation
800 0001 000 000
Lot. Vendu 1,720,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō – Porcelain

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A LONGQUAN CELADON ‘FRUIT AND FLOWERS’ MEIPING
YUAN DYNASTY
robustly potted with an ovoid body rising to elegantly curved shoulders and a short straight neck, the body divided into six vertical registers, each register framing a different leafy flowering branch, including chrysanthemum, hibiscus, peony, save for one with a loquat sprig, all between two stylised bands of pendent and upright stylised lappets encircling the shoulders and base respectively, all beneath an even unctuous celadon glaze
31 cm., 12 1/4  in.
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Provenance

An old Japanese collection, probably Edo period (1603-1868, box).
Todaiji Temple, Nara.

Description

This vase, with its exuberant fruit and flower design and its distinct profile, is a characteristic product of the Yuan dynasty. Longquan celadon ware of the Yuan period saw a marked increase of decoration compared with the plain wares of the previous Song dynasty. Applied decoration and deeply-carved designs became popular to create a sense of three-dimensionality and complexity of the surface. Although Yuan vases of various forms carved with cartouches of fruit and flower sprays are common, it is unusual to find this design bordered by lappets. Furthermore, the lappets on the present vase are distinctive for their ornate details: those encircling the foot are reminiscent of ornaments on furniture while those on the shoulder resemble stylised lotus lappets occasionally found on Yuan blue and white vases. A related lappet border is seen on the foot of a large guan jar with cover, carved with related fruit and flower panels, sold at Christie’s London, 29th November 1973, lot 1.

The swelling form of the present vase accentuates the dramatic effect of the darker pools of glaze in the carved recesses of the body that contrast with the light-green raised surfaces. Meiping vases similarly decorated with cartouches between borders include one carved with scenes of peacocks amongst flowers, bordered by a flower scroll and ruyi band at the shoulder and foot, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Celadon Wares, London, 1947, cat. no. 164, and sold in our London rooms, 12th July 1960, lot 151; another, moulded and carved with panels of fruits and flowers between a lozenge thread pattern at the neck and petals at the foot and flanked with mask handles, from the Lindberg collection, sold in our London rooms, 12th December 1978, lot 181; and a hexagonal meiping carved with fruit and flowers between flower sprays and stiff leaves, from the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum, illustrated in Mayuyama. Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 510.

The bold style of carving is comparable to ovoid vases with a wide everted rim and decorated with fruiting and flowering sprays within rectangular cartouches, such as one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Yuandai ciqi, Beijing, 1998, pl. 446; and another, from the H.M. Knight collection, sold in our London rooms, 12th May 1970, lot 37.

Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō – Porcelain

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Hong Kong