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A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' MEIPING
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 600,000 HKD
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A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' MEIPING
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 600,000 HKD
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Details & Cataloguing

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

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A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' MEIPING
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
well-potted, the baluster body sweeping up to a short everted neck, finely decorated in pencilled tones of underglaze copper red with archaistic chilong and phoenix interspersed among composite floral scroll, all between lappet bands encircling the base and the neck, the rim encircled by detached floral sprays
35.9 cm, 14 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, 6th April 1976, lot 140.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 22nd May 1979, lot 201.

Catalogue Note

Elegantly decorated in copper red with sinuous archaistic dragons and phoenix striding amongst leafy blooms, the present vase demonstrates the technical proficiency of the craftsmen through the precise application of the highly-temperamental copper pigment.

Meiping vases of this design are extremely rare. For a related but slightly smaller example, compare one with more angular shoulders and painted with dragons striding among lingzhi scrolls, sold three times at auction, first in our London rooms, 2nd/3rd December 1974, lot 532, again in these rooms, 29th November 1977, lot 196, and the third time at Christie’s New York, 19th September 2007, lot 404. A further example, larger and unmarked, was sold at Christie's Tokyo, 15th February 1981, lot 313.

See two underglaze-red 'fruit' meiping of this slender shape with smooth shoulders: the first vase from a Japanese collection and included in Illustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1990, pl. 570; and the second one formerly in the collection of Sir Harry Garner, smaller in size and dated to the Qianlong period, sold in these rooms, 23rd May 1978, lot 107.

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

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Hong Kong