3505
3505
A FINE COPPER-RED 'CHRYSANTHEMUM AND PEONY' BOWL
MING DYNASTY, HONGWU PERIOD
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3505
A FINE COPPER-RED 'CHRYSANTHEMUM AND PEONY' BOWL
MING DYNASTY, HONGWU PERIOD
Estimation
3 000 0004 000 000
Lot. Vendu 3,640,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō – Porcelain

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A FINE COPPER-RED 'CHRYSANTHEMUM AND PEONY' BOWL
MING DYNASTY, HONGWU PERIOD
finely potted with deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted mouthrim, the exterior painted in subtle pinkish-red tones with a leafy peony scroll, the blooms seen alternating from the front and side, all between a classic scroll band and key-fret border encircling the rim and footrim respectively, the interior centred with a medallion enclosing a large peony bloom accompanied by a dainty bud, surrounded by a bold leafy chrysanthemum scroll, all below a key-fret band encircling the inner mouthrim, the base glazed
20.4 cm., 8 in.
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Provenance

An old Japanese collection.

Description

Copper-red decorated vessels of the Hongwu period are amongst the rarest examples of early Ming dynasty porcelain. With their restraint and well-organised designs, they were clearly destined for use at court rather than for export, like so many wares of the previous Yuan dynasty. According to Liu Xinyuan in ‘A Study of Early Ming and Yongle Imperial Porcelain Excavated at Zhushan, Jingdezhen’, Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Taipei, 1996, p. 52, underglaze-red porcelain was produced systematically on a considerable scale. However, very few wares were successfully fired due to the difficulty in controlling the copper-red pigment.

Bowls of this type are more commonly known with a key-fret border encircling the exterior of the rim; a bowl from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (I), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 222; one in the Shandong Provincial Museum is included in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan. Taoci juan, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 667; another is published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1990, cat. no. 32; and a bowl from the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, was included in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Tokyo, 1991, pl. 760. A blue and white counterpart, excavated at Dongmentou, Zhushan, was included in the exhibition Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1996, cat. no. 14.

Compare also a related bowl, but the interior decorated with four detached branches of chrysanthemum, camellia, peony and pomegranate flowers around a peony medallion, illustrated in Mayuyama. Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 730; another sold in these rooms, 24th November 1981, lot 132; and a bowl, but with a chrysanthemum spray in the centre, from the collection of Lord Trevelyan, published in J.M. Addis, ‘A Group of Underglaze Red’, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 31, 1957-59, pl. 1a.

Few copper-red decorated Hongwu porcelains appear to have been excavated from the imperial kiln site at Jingdezhen, however the peony and chrysanthemum scrolls, classic scroll and key-fret border are found on underglaze-red bowls of similar form but larger size excavated from the Zhushan site and included in the exhibition Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, op.cit., cat. nos. 7-10.

Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō – Porcelain

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Hong Kong