Lot 56
  • 56


30,000 - 50,000 USD
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of meiping form, the sturdily potted body gently broadening to a full, rounded shoulder and sweeping to a slightly tapered neck with a lipped rim, covered overall in a rich lapis lazuli-tone glaze thinning slightly at the neck and rim and falling irregularly at the foot, the interior glazed white, the base unglazed

Catalogue Note

Covered overall in a vibrant cobalt, the aesthetic origins of this piece can be traced to the early Ming dynasty when potters first attempted to craft meiping with monochrome blue glazes. Vessels of this type were expensive to produce as they required copious amounts of cobalt, a rare and costly commodity that needed to be imported from Central Asia. Each vase was dipped, possibly more than once, into a glaze mix containing cobalt oxide in order to achieve the distinctive dark blue tone seen on the present piece.

Compare a similar meiping, attributed to the 15th century, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, published in Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 146;  another, in Japan, is illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu / Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 155.; and a third, from the Gulbenkian Museum, Durham, which sold at Christie’s New York, 21st September 2000, lot 296.