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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF EMIL HULTMARK (1872-1943)

A BLUE AND WHITE LOBED 'SANDUO' BOWL
MARK AND PERIOD OF XUANDE, WITH LATER ADDED IRON-RED ENAMEL
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 1,687,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF EMIL HULTMARK (1872-1943)

A BLUE AND WHITE LOBED 'SANDUO' BOWL
MARK AND PERIOD OF XUANDE, WITH LATER ADDED IRON-RED ENAMEL
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 1,687,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of Emil Hultmark

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A BLUE AND WHITE LOBED 'SANDUO' BOWL
MARK AND PERIOD OF XUANDE, WITH LATER ADDED IRON-RED ENAMEL
of conical form, the flared sides rising from a short foot to a six-lobed rim, the interior painted in underglaze blue with a central medallion containing a flowering and fruiting peach branch, surrounded by three sprigs of lotus flowers alternating with sprays of tree peony, chrysanthemum and herbaceous peony, all beneath a row of small floral sprigs at the rim, the exterior similarly decorated with detached sprays of fruits and flowers, the foot encircled with a classic scroll, the base inscribed with a Xuande reign mark within a double circle
22.8 cm, 9 in.
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Provenance

Collection of Emil Hultmark (1872-1943), and thence by descent in the family.

Catalogue Note

Whereas Yongle blue and white is still characterised by many large items created for export, in the Xuande reign the products of the imperial workshops were geared for the imperial house both in size and in taste, exquisitely finished and inscribed with the imperial reign mark.

Other Xuande mark and period blue and white bowls rendered in this design, include one from the Woodthorpe collection, sold in our London rooms 5th June 1956, lot 112, together with a bowl from the collection of Sir Harry and Lady Garner, sold in our London rooms, 21st November 1961, lot 36, both included in Mostra d’Arte Cinese/Exhibition of Chinese Art, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1954, cat. nos 642 and 643; and another from the Pilkington collection, sold more recently in these rooms, 6th April 2016, lot 20.

Bowls of this design are also preserved in the two Palace Museums, including one from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Geng Baochang, ed., Gugong Bowuyuan cang Ming chu qinghua ci [Early Ming blue and white porcelain in the Palace Museum], Beijing, 2002, vol. 2, pl. 146; two such bowls in the Taipei Palace Museum were included in the Museum’s exhibitions Ming Xuande ciqi tezhan mulu/Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Hsuan-te Period Porcelain, Taipei, 1980, no.36, and Mingdai Xuande guanyao jinghua tezhan tulu/Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsüan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 1998, no. 62.

The iron-red enamel ground on this bowl appears to be a later addition, also because no other example of such bowl with an iron-red ground is published. In fact, Xuande mark and period vessels adorned with an iron-red ground are exceedingly rare, the only recorded example appears to be a jardinière excavated in 1988 from the imperial kiln site in Zhushan (fig. 1), illustrated in Imperial Porcelains from the Reign of Xuande in the Ming Dynasty: A Comparison of Porcelains from the Imperial Kiln Site At Jingdezhen and the Imperial Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2015, no. 95. More commonly, however, iron red is employed as part of the painted decoration, as seen on two iron-red and underglaze-blue dragon bowls in the Taipei Palace Museum, published in Minji meihin zuroku, vol. 1,Tokyo, 1977, pls 96 and 97, where the red is used to define the waves and the dragons respectively.

Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of Emil Hultmark

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Hong Kong