View 1 of Lot 519. A BLUE AND WHITE CENSER,  MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1640 .
View 1 of Lot 519. A BLUE AND WHITE CENSER,  MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1640 .
519

A BLUE AND WHITE CENSER, MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1640

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A BLUE AND WHITE CENSER, MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1640

A BLUE AND WHITE CENSER, MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1640

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

69,300

USD

A BLUE AND WHITE CENSER

MING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1640 

明 約1640年 青花文王訪賢圖爐



of bombé form supported on a straight foot, finely painted around the exterior with a narrative scene of a fisherman called away from his post to meet an official accompanied by a retinue of attendants and armored guards, bearing banners and standards, all set within a detailed landscape of rockwork and willow trees by the sides of a riverbank, the fisherman's abandoned rod, mat and basket on a rocky terrace in the distance


Diameter 8½ in., 21.5 cm

The narrative design depicts King Wen of Zhou seeking the advice of the hermit scholar Jiang Ziya, later known as Taigong Wang. According to the legend, in the 12th/11th century BC, the scholar official Jiang Ziya had become disillusioned with the rulership of the Shang dynasty and so retired from service to spend the rest of his days fishing, waiting to serve a new and moral king. In planning to overthrow the Shang, King Wen of Zhou sought talented scholars versed in the arts of war and administration. He appointed Jiang Ziya to be his prime minister and gave him the title Hope of the Duke of Zhou. With Jiang Ziya's help, the Shang was overthrown and the Zhou dynasty was firmly established.