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PROPERTY FROM THE XINYANGTANG COLLECTION

A CELADON-GLAZED DRAGON-HANDLED MALLET VASE
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 200,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
604

PROPERTY FROM THE XINYANGTANG COLLECTION

A CELADON-GLAZED DRAGON-HANDLED MALLET VASE
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 200,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A CELADON-GLAZED DRAGON-HANDLED MALLET VASE
SONG DYNASTY
the tapering cylindrical body surmounted by a tall columnar neck, flanked by a pair of dragon-fish handles, covered overall in a sea-green glaze with faint crackles
19.8 cm, 7 3/4  in.
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Provenance

Collection of Dr Carl Kempe (1884-1967).
Sotheby's London, 5th November 2008, lot 537 (one of three).

Literature

Bo Gyllensvard, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl 98.

Catalogue Note

Celadon vases of this 'mallet' shape, which is generally known under the Japanese term kinuta, are among the most sought-after Longquan vessels. Kinuta vases with dragon-fish, feiyu, handles are rare, as they are more commonly known with phoenix handles. The mythological feiyu, considered a good omenwas a popular motif during the Yuan dynasty and may well have travelled along nomadic paths, originating in the ancient Near East through Central Asia into China.

A mallet vase, of similar size and also decorated with dragon-fish handles, was excavated in 1983 from a Southern Song tomb at Songyang county and illustrated in Zhu Boqian, ed., Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, p. 149, no. 116. Closely related vases of this shape include one from the collection of Enid and Brodie Lodge, included in the Exhibition of Chinese Art, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1954, cat. no. 422, and sold in these rooms, 8th July 1975, lot 91; another in the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, was included in the exhibition Heavenly Blue. Southern Song Celadon, Nezu Art Museum, Tokyo, 2010, cat. no. 23; and another larger example sold in our New York rooms, 18th March 2008, lot 79.

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