1172
1172
A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE TEMPLE VASE, GU
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
Estimation
400 000600 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
1172
A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE TEMPLE VASE, GU
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
Estimation
400 000600 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE TEMPLE VASE, GU
MARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI
the tall gu-shaped beaker vase with a bulbous mid-section painted on either side with a pair of birds standing in a garden setting amid peonies, the gently splayed lower section with a raised horizontal key-fret band dividing the upper register with four leafy peony sprigs from the lower register with swelling waves with crested tips crashing against four protruding rocks, two of which issuing sprigs of lingzhi fungus, the upper section with a raised scrolling lingzhi band separating two registers painted with two dragons each chasing a 'flaming pearl', all below a band of overlapping pendant plantain leaves at the rim with a rectangle reserved in white enclosing the six-character mark
64.6cm., 25 7/16 in.
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Description

Although beaker vases are well known from the Wanli period, the present piece is unusual both in its proportions and design in blue-and-white. The closest comparable example is a smaller wucai vase of related design illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 34. See another related wucai  vase in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, included in Rosemary E. Scott, The Porcelains of Jingdezhen, London, 1993, pl. 13.

A blue-and-white Wanli beaker vase painted with dragons and phoenix, but of very different proportions, was sold in our London rooms, 17th December 1996, lot 59.  

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

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Hong Kong