J.J. Lally & Co.
Christie's Hong Kong, 26th April 2004, lot 1023.
It is rare to find yuhuchun ping with this elegant composition of a single scrolling peony stem, that twists around the body to enhance the graceful form of this vase. See three related examples with slight variations of design offered in these rooms; one decorated entirely with peony scrolls, 27th April 1993, lot 32, the second of slightly smaller proportions, 28th April 1992, lot 26, and the third, slightly larger yuhuchun ping, sold 29th October 2001, lot 522.
Compare also two vases decorated with chrysanthemums, presented by C.T. Loo to the British Museum in 1924, and to the Art Institute of Chicago; the first illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Greatest Collections, vol. 5, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 143, and the second included in the Exhibition of Masterpieces of Chinese Art under the Mongols. The Yuan Dynasty, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, cat. no. 144. For further examples of yuhuchun ping with various designs, see several published in Yuandai ciqi, Beijing, 1998, pp. 65-69.
This elegant form is derived from silver prototypes which have less pronounced flared rims; see a covered silver flask included in the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition, op. cit., cat. no. 33d, where it is compared to identical flasks inscribed with the date corresponding to 1339AD, which were found in the hoard of silver discovered in 1955 at Hefei, Anhui province.
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