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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'LOTUS' MEIPING
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 1,000,000 HKD
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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'LOTUS' MEIPING
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 1,000,000 HKD
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Details & Cataloguing

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'LOTUS' MEIPING
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
of baluster form rising to a short everted neck, finely painted in shaded tones of cobalt blue with characteristic ‘heaping and piling’ with three lotus blooms and attendant buds among scrolling foliage, all between a band of detached lotus sprays around the foot and a classic scroll encircling the shoulder, the slightly recessed base left unglazed revealing a smooth white body
24.5 cm, 9 5/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Blue and white porcelains of the Yongle period (r. 1403-24) rank among the finest in the history of Chinese ceramics and their designs provided inspiration throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. The present meiping, with its harmonious combination of foliate scrolls with lotus blooms gracefully draped over an elegant form, exemplifies the style and taste of early Ming imperial porcelain.

Closely related meiping can be found in important museum collections worldwide; see one from the Qing Court Collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace MuseumBlue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (I), Hong Kong, 2008, pl. 32; one with a cover in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Museum’s exhibition Shi yu xin: Mingdai Yongle huangdi de ciqi/ Pleasingly Pure and Lustrous. Porcelains from the Yongle Reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty, 2017, cat. no. 52;  another in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, exhibited in Seika jiki ten [Exhibition of blue and white porcelain from the Shanghai Museum], Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, 1988, cat. no. 10; and a fourth vase in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 9, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 92. Compare also a slightly larger meiping painted with fruits, from the Nagoya tea ceremony collection, sold in these rooms, 8th April 2014, lot 3023.

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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Hong Kong