Lot 1521
  • 1521

A BROWN-GLAZED SLIP-PAINTED VASE, MEIPING MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

Estimate
120,000 - 150,000 HKD
Sold
187,500 HKD
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Description

  • 25.5cm., 10 in.
well potted with rounded shoulders curving to a waisted neck with lipped rim, the decoration reserved in white against a thick creamy brown glaze, freely painted with two large sprays of slender arrowhead stems and lotus blooms rising from small ears of millet, the petals of the blooms and leaves further accented with combed lines implying shading and depth, the sprays divided by two cranes, the footring left unglazed

Provenance

From a private Japanese collection.

Exhibited

Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, Kyoto National Museum, Japan, 8th October to 10th November 1991. 

Catalogue Note

The combination of a toffee-brown ground and contrasting white slip decoration was introduced in the Wanli period.  The technique for painting on slip on a monochrome ground was popular in Kirman, Iran in the 17th century.  In China this type of 'Swatow-type' wares were made in vast quantities with minor variation to the designs. 

See a variety of slip-painted brown-ground vases with similar decoration in the British Museum, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics, London, 2001, pp. 347-349. 

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