2019
2019
A FINE AND RARE YIXING DOUBLE-POMEGRANATE WATERPOT SIGNED CHEN MINGYUAN
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
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1 500 0002 000 000
Lot. Vendu 1,820,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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2019
A FINE AND RARE YIXING DOUBLE-POMEGRANATE WATERPOT SIGNED CHEN MINGYUAN
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimation
1 500 0002 000 000
Lot. Vendu 1,820,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A FINE AND RARE YIXING DOUBLE-POMEGRANATE WATERPOT SIGNED CHEN MINGYUAN
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
the two naturalistically modelled fruit joined at the side and connected by a pierced channel, one fruit with the upper section sliced off to form an open receptacle, the other modelled in the round with leaves and twigs in crisply moulded relief and applied with two small buds in brick-red clay, a small pierced aperture at the top masked by the twigs, the opening of the channel on the inside of the other fruit also masked by a facetted shelf, each fruit with a small star-shaped calyx protruding from the side, the pale beige stoneware attractively splashed with red colouring, inscribed with a verse in running script on the bowl, signed Mingyuan, followed by the seals Chen and Mingyuan, the back of the whole fruit impressed with the seal Meng shi zhencang ('Treasured and Collected by the Meng Family')
11.3 cm., 4 3/8 in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 24th May 1978, lot 345.

Description

Chen Mingyuan was one of the leading and most versatile potters active during the late Kangxi (1662-1722) and Yongzheng (1723-35) periods and. Trained by his father Chen Ziqi, a distinguished 17th century potter, he is best known for his scholar's articles through which he was able to achieve a particularly refined sense of realism. His vessels are best known for their thin bodies and fine craftsmanship while his inscriptions were said to be in the style of the Sui and Tang calligraphers. Other names he used include Hecun, Hefeng, Shixiashanren and Huyen.

Compare waterpots of various organic forms also impressed with the seal of Chen Mingyuan, such as one in the form of a lotus pod, illustrated in K.S. Lo, The Stonewares of Yizing from the Ming Period to the Present Day, London, 1986, pl. 143; one modelled after a bamboo shoot, included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat. no. 1883; and a miniature pumpkin-shaped example offered in these rooms, 24th May 1978, lot 339.

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