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AN AUBERGINE AND YELLOW ENAMELED SQUARE 'PHOENIX' BOWL JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
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PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE GENTLEMAN

AN AUBERGINE AND YELLOW ENAMELED SQUARE 'PHOENIX' BOWL JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
Estimation
40 00060 000
Lot. Vendu 52,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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AN AUBERGINE AND YELLOW ENAMELED SQUARE 'PHOENIX' BOWL JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
each side with a subtle S-curved profile imbuing the quadrangular vessel with a rounded belly and flared rim set above a tapered foot, incised and painted to the exterior with a marigold-yellow phoenix soaring amidst scrolling lotus above a lotus petal-band all against an aubergine ground, the motif repeated at the well, the interior rim wrapped with a continuous lingzhi scroll, the base with an incised yellow-enameled six-character mark on an aubergine ground, Japanese wood box (3)
Width 6 1/2  in., 16.5 cm
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Description

Square bowls of the present form appear to be an innovation of the Jiajing period. Produced in varying palettes and decorated with auspicious themes of 'Dragons', 'Boys', ‘Fish’ and ‘Phoenix and Crane’ that reflected the Jiajing emperor's well-chronicled dedication to Daoism. The present bowl is a rare expression of the form in both palette and subject matter which depicts a phoenix in flight on all four sides and the interior. Related examples of this theme are more commonly expressed with alternating panels of phoenix and crane; see one illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, p. 81, no. 82-83; another in the National Palace Museum in Porcelain of the National Palace Museum, Enamelled Wares of the Ming Dynasty, vol. II, 1966, Hong Kong, pp. 58-59, pls. 6a, b, c, d; and a third in the British Museum, London in Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1978, pl. VI, no. 59.

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