3317
3317
A BRONZE HANDWARMER AND COVER
ZHANG MINGQI MARK, LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimation
80 000100 000
Lot. Vendu 1,780,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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3317
A BRONZE HANDWARMER AND COVER
ZHANG MINGQI MARK, LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimation
80 000100 000
Lot. Vendu 1,780,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Ulrich Hausmann

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A BRONZE HANDWARMER AND COVER
ZHANG MINGQI MARK, LATE MING DYNASTY
of oval form, the compressed globular body rising from a flat base rounded shoulders and a lipped mouthrim, the well-fitted domed cover intricately pierced with a diapered ground of florettes and quatrefoil motifs, the base incised with a four-character seal mark reading Zhang Mingqi Zhi (‘Made by Zhang Mingqi’)
13.9 cm., 5 1/2  in.
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Provenance

Sir Percival David (1892-1964), and thence to Lady David.
Sotheby’s London, 14th December 1976, lot 240.
Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong.
Dr. Ip Yee Collection, Hong Kong.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 22nd November 1984, lot 790.

Description

The design and craftsmanship of Zhang Mingqi is renowned and has been copied extensively in later periods. However, as Hausmann notes, the current example is an original which demonstrates the outstanding quality of the best of his works. It has a wonderfully tactile and sophisticated super-elliptical shape which sits beautifully in the hand, like a pebble from a river bed. The meticulously cut-out lid is carefully shaped, creating a tension in the rim of the lid making it possible to turn the object upside down without the lid falling off. As is the case with the best handwarmers, this example greatly relies on the interplay of the cut-out sections of the lid and the material which remains, the yin and yang, the dark and light, for its powerful effect. For a more detailed discussion of Zhang Mingqi and other contemporaries’ works see Hausmann's essay article Keeping warm in a cold study,reproduced in this catalogue.

The exquisite super-elliptical shape of this piece is the topic of a forthcoming article by Ulrich Hausmann.

Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Ulrich Hausmann

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Hong Kong