Lot 3112
  • 3112

A WHITE-GLAZED MOON JAR KOREA, JOSEON DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY |

Estimate
500,000 - 800,000 HKD
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Description

of generous proportions, potted with a globular body resting on a short foot and sweeping up to a gently flared mouth-rim, the exterior and base covered with a creamy-white glaze

Catalogue Note

The minimalist aesthetic of Neo-Confucianism had a profound effect on ceramic production throughout the Joseon period (1392-1910). While the preceding Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) is celebrated for its celadon wares, white wares, known in Korea as baekja, became the most popular ceramic type during the Joseon dynasty. Finely potted vessels covered in a highly tactile, creamy glaze were made in many Korean kilns from the 16th century onwards. The best-quality examples were however made at the bunwon kilns, in today’s Gwangju, which came under the supervision of the royal court from the 1460s. Jars of this distinctive form and glaze were popular in the 18th century and were made in a variety of sizes. A slightly smaller jar of this form in the Dukwon Museum of Art, Seoul, was included in the Museum’s exhibition Masterpieces of Chosun Arts. Ceramics, Seoul, 1992, cat. no. 49, together with a slightly larger example, cat. no. 48; a larger jar in the National Museum of Korea, Seoul, is illustrated in Roger Goepper and Roderick Whitfield, Treasures from Korea, London, 1984, pl. 203; and a fourth is published in Sekai tōji zenshū/ Catalogue of World’s Ceramics, vol. 17, Tokyo, 1956, pl. 135. See also a larger jar of this form in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, published on the Museum’s website, accession no. 1979.413.1; and one with a rolled rim, in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 1024.

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