A RARE CHINESE WUCAI 'DEHUA' 'CHILONG' WINEPOT AND COVER EARLY QING DYNASTY
of cylindrical form modeled with a pair of clambering chilong, one forming the spout and the other forming the handle, overall decorated with floral and lingzhi sprigs, the similarly decorated cover surmounted by a further chilong-form knop. Together with a similarly modeled white-glazed winepot and cover. 4 pieces.
Height of Dehua winepot: 6¼ in.
The wucai winepot in overall good condition except for a small chip to the back of the chilong forming the handle. The winepot cover with a small flake chip to the rim, and an approx. 2 cm by 0.3 cm half-crescent shaped section missing to the lip. Overall with wear to the surface, and minor firing imperfections. The white crackle glazed winepot with the tip of the horn of the dragon spout restored, otherwise the winepot and cover in overall good condition.
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Acquired in New York prior to 1990
The Shouya Studio collection
Christie's New York, 21st March, 2014, lot 2125
Ye, 2005, fig. 814, p. 287
Liu, 2007, pl. 97,
This rare example of Dehua porcelain decorated in wucai was discussed in Peilan Ye, Zhongguo Caici / Chinese Decorative Porcelain, Shanghai, 2005, pp. 285-286. The author notes that most likely polychrome-enamelled Dehua wares were produced by late Ming dynasty, and continued to be produced throughout the Qing dynasty. Examples of wucai-enamelled Dehua wares are in the collection of the Fujian Museum, including bowls, dishes, jardinières and brushpots. Other examples in various forms such as vases, ewers and cups are also extant. The author notes that the method of decoration for wucai in Dehua largely similar as the Jingdezhen kilns during the Kangxi period. For further reference on wucai and fencai decorated Dehua wares, see Ye, 2005, pp. 285-287.