25
25
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BLUE AND WHITE MOONFLASK
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
Estimation
6 000 0008 000 000
Lot. Vendu 8,660,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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25
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BLUE AND WHITE MOONFLASK
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
Estimation
6 000 0008 000 000
Lot. Vendu 8,660,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Details & Cataloguing

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BLUE AND WHITE MOONFLASK
MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
the compressed spherical body convex on the front and back sides, resting on a very low oval foot, rising to a slender bulbous neck, flanked on the sides with strap handles with raised central ribs and a leaf-shaped terminal enclosing peony and camellia sprays, painted to the main sides with a formal lotus spray with four blooms, two buds and a stylised leaf in a quatrefoil panel, surrounded by sprigs of flowering pomegranate, camellia, chrysanthemum and peony within a 'classic' scroll border, the narrow sides left plain, the neck collared by bands of 'classic' scroll, chevrons and key-fret
30.7 cm., 12 1/8 in.
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Exposition

Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, The British Museum, London, 1994.
Evolution to Perfection. Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection/Evolution vers la perfection. Céramiques de Chine de la Collection Meiyintang, Sporting d'Hiver, Monte Carlo, 1996, cat. no. 113.

Bibliographie

Nuno de Castro, A cerâmica e a porcelana Chinesas [Chinese pottery and porcelain], Porto, 1992, vol. 2, p. 26, pl. 16.
Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2,
no. 661.

Description

This flask appears to be unique, and any flasks of this form painted with designs other than the well-known formal rosette are very rare. A flask in the Sir Percival David Collection in the British Museum, London, painted with a peony spray in a similar symmetrical arrangement, is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, 1980-82, vol. 6, no. 75.

Two blue-and-white flasks of this form with the well-known rosette design were included in the exhibition Jingdezhen chutu Ming chu guanyao ciqi/Imperial Hongwu and Yongle Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1996, cat. no. 65, with an oval foot, and attributed to the Yongle period, and cat. no. 134, with a square foot, attributed to the Xuande reign, as well as a plain white Yongle example without a foot, cat. no. 91.

This distinctive lotus design is better known from flasks and vases of different form; see, for example, a moonflask with similar lotus scrolls from the Bishu Shanzhuang ('Mountain Villa to Escape the Heat'), the summer retreat of the Qing Emperors in Chengde, north of Beijing, published in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], Shanghai, 1999-2000, vol. 12, pl. 17; as well as a large flask and a bottle vase in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, included in the Museum's exhibition Mingdai chunian ciqi tezhan mulu/Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Early Ming Period Porcelain, Taipei, 1982, cat. nos. 3 and 4. The development of this lotus design can be observed on a slightly later, much larger flask inscribed with a Xuande reign mark, also in the British Museum, published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 4:16.

The Meiyintang Collection, Part II - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains

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Hong Kong