516
516
A RARE AND FINELY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
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516
A RARE AND FINELY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A Noble Pursuit: Important Chinese and Korean Art from a Japanese Private Collection

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A RARE AND FINELY PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE MEIPING
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
elegantly proportioned, the generously rounded baluster body tapering towards a splayed foot, the broad principal register painted with a large fruiting and flowering pomegranate tree, its branches supporting a pair of long-tailed birds, with butterflies and other insects hovering in the air above ornamental rockwork and other vegetation below, all above a border of lotus, arrowhead and aquatic plants emerging from turbulent waves encircling the foot, the shoulder with a collar of ruyi-shaped pendant lappets enclosing lotus reserved on a diaper ground, interspersed with strings of beads suspending jewels and precious objects, and a trefoil border below scattered floral sprays at the neck, the base unglazed, Japanese wood box (3)
Height 12 3/4  in., 32.3 cm
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Provenance

Hirano Koto-ken, Tokyo.

Exhibited

Chūgokutoji Gen Ming Meihinten [Chinese Ceramics from the Yuan - Ming Dynasties], The Japan Ceramic Society, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, 1956, cat. no. 82.
Chūgoku bijutsu ten series: Min Shin no bijutsu [Chinese Art exhibition series. The Art of the Ming and Qing dynasties], Osaka Art Museum, Osaka, 1980, cat. no. 1-57.

Catalogue Note

This vase is exquisitely painted with a scene of long-tailed birds chirping on flowering branches. Sensitively rendered with their heads turned towards each other, the painter has successfully conveyed the fleeting nature of the subject. The linear rendering of the design, with delicate details executed with a fine brush and filled with broad washes of cobalt in subtle hues, continues the painterly style developed in the Chenghua reign (1465-1487).

 

Vases painted with such exquisite designs and lacking a reign mark are unusual, although a similar meiping, with the painting somewhat less refined, was included in the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society exhibition Chinese Blue and White Ceramics, National Museum, Singapore, 1978, cat. no. 126. See also a jar painted in a similar style with birds on a flowering pomegranate tree, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th November 1997, lot 1406; and another in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, illustrated in Gunhild Gabbert, Chinesisches Porzellan, Frankfurt am Main, 1977, cat. no. 14.

A Noble Pursuit: Important Chinese and Korean Art from a Japanese Private Collection

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New York