441
441
A RARE BLUE-GLAZED MEIPING
EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
441
A RARE BLUE-GLAZED MEIPING
EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art, including Snuff Bottles and Jades from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection

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Hong Kong

A RARE BLUE-GLAZED MEIPING
EARLY MING DYNASTY
sturdily potted with full rounded shoulders rising at a gently flaring angle from the base and sweeping to a short waisted neck with a lipped rim, the exterior applied evenly with an intense cobalt-blue glaze, the base left unglazed to reveal scattered iron spots, Japanese wood box
h. 34.8 cm, 13 3/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

Covered overall in a vibrant cobalt blue, this piece belongs to a rare group of meiping that illustrate one of the first attempts at creating a monochrome blue glaze in the Ming dynasty. Vessels of this type were expensive to produce as they required copious amounts of cobalt, a rare and expensive commodity that needed to be imported from Iran. Each vase was dipped, possibly more than once, into a glaze mix containing cobalt oxide in order to achieve the distinctive dark blue tone seen on the present piece.

meiping of this type, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is published in Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 146; one in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, is illustrated in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 180, no. 764; and a third, from the Gulbenkian Museum, Durham,  was sold at Christie's New York, 21st September 2000, lot 296. A further example in Japan is illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu / Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 155.

Chinese Art, including Snuff Bottles and Jades from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection

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Hong Kong