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Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

H:4cm D:8.3cm

Decorated with underglaze cobalt blue.

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Yuan dynasty 1279-1368

H:4cm D:8cm

Decorated with underglaze cobalt blue.

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Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue.

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China

Jiajing Period (1522-1566). Ming Dynasty.

H: 20cm. W: 16cm

Heavily potted with four steep sides that slightly round at the shoulders. The exterior depicts a five-clawed dragon amongst lotus scrolling and buds. The upper and lower sections exhibit a band of ruyi-heads and rigid lappets. All decorated in an underglaze cobalt blue with shades ranging from pale silvery blue to a vivid violet-blue. The six-character mark on the base reads ‘da ming jia jing nian zhi’.

The five-clawed dragon depicted on this vase is the most relatable symbol of imperial ranking. The wide-eyed five-clawed dragon with curling horns is the direct symbol of the emperor.

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Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue.

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China

Jiajing Period (1522-1566). Ming Dynasty.

H: 52cm.W:20cm

 The gourd-shaped vessel sturdily potted, the lower part of the gourd of square form rising to a globular upper part. The exterior is elaborately decorated with thick lotus scrolling all below a band of lappet on the elongated cylindrical neck. All decorated in a rich underglaze cobalt blue, which is highly likely to have been imported from Iran, possibly Kashan.

The Jiajing Emperor was a devout Taoist and his obsession with the acquirement of long life soon translated into porcelain and other works of art. This gourd form is associated with one of the notorious ‘Eight Taoist Immortals’, Li Tiegui, who is regularly portrayed holding a double gourd containing the elixir of longevity.

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Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue

Tianqi Period (1605-1627)

Jingdezhen,Jiangxi Province, South Central China. 

H:6 D:35

A large Blue and white dish depicting a landscape with two fishermen in their boats rowing down the river. The background exhibits a mountain range amongst swirling clouds.

 

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An exceptionally large underglaze blue and white ‘Eight Immortals’ bowl. 

The bowl is well potted with steep sides and an everted rim. The interior displays a tranquil landscape scene with two men sitting by the calm water underneath a pine tree. The exterior displays the Eight immortals meandering beneath trees towards Shoulao, the god of longevity depicted here sitting on a crane.

The notorious Eight Taoist Immortals coined by the Quanzhen school were first depicted in Jin Dynasty tomb murals (1115-1234). The depiction of these eight Taoist figures was believed to be a symbol of long-term prosperity and longevity, and soon became a popular motif in many mediums. The far-right figure resting a lotus flower on her shoulder is He Xian Gu and is considered to improve ones mental and physical health. She gazes upwards to Lu Dongbin who dangles a fly whisk in the air while his magic sword, used to slay dragons and demons remains sheathed and hung around his shoulder on his back. The energetic and always well-dressed Cao Guo-Jui holds two jade tablets in each arm as if to protect himself from rain. Below him the instantly recognizable Li Tieguai holding a double gourd with vapor seeping out, believed to be the sages’ soul moving in and out of the container. Ahead of him is the joyful flute player Han Xiang-Zi, said to be able to soothe ferocious wild animals with his music. While enjoying Han Xaing-Zi’s beautiful melodies, Lan Cai-he holds up a basket of blossoming flowers as she walks towards Shoulao. The eldest of the immortals Zuang Guolao raises his two drumsticks with his left hand as if to cast a spell. Juxtaposed is the chief of the Eight Immortals, Zhong Li Quan, whose voluminous belly would have been hanging out of his robe going against the grain of Confucius ideals. His distinctive hairstyle with two buns at the top of his head and offering a peach to Shoulao, are two features that identify him.

Provenance:

  • The Peter and Nancy Thompson Collection
  • Exhibited in The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Urban Council, Hong Kong, Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners, 29 January to 29 March 1981, p. 148, no. 98.

Porcelain, cobalt Blue

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China.

W 34.3cm H 15cm

Ref: WEB1115

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Chinese porcelain blue and white vase with globular body and baluster neck, painted with flowers, birds and insects, the neck with elaborate flanges. *The form is inspired by Venetian glass. This piece is rare both for its excellent condition and its tallness. (5318)

W 130mm H 260mm

Ref: WEB1087

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Four-sides bottle with underglaze blu decoration. Domed shoulders and a long tapering tubular, narrow cylindrical neck and stand on a rectangular foot with a flat unglazed base. Each face is painted in underglaze blue with flowers issuing from Chinese rocks and flying insects. The form of the square bottle is modelled on that of European glass ware, known also from European stoneware and faience. Such bottles were originally made to store alcohol on long sea voyages where their square shape made them easy to stow and less likely to break, it would have been fitted with a pewter screw top. Ridging around the neck imitates the scoring for a screw top. However, although the form of the bottle is entirely European, the decoration is strictly confined to the Chinese repertoire. Minor loss of glaze to the edge of the bottle is typical of Wanli blue and white kraal-type wares.

W 100mm H 260mm

Ref: WEB1077

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Four-sides bottle with underglaze blu decoration. Domed shoulders and a long tapering tubular, narrow cylindrical neck and stand on a rectangular foot with a flat unglazed base. Each face is painted in underglaze blue with flowers and cranes, on the shoulder scrolling fronds. The form of the square bottle is modelled on that of European glass ware, known also from European stoneware and faience. Such bottles were originally made to store alcohol on long sea voyages where their square shape made them easy to stow and less likely to break, it would have been fitted with a pewter screw top. Ridging around the neck imitates the scoring for a screw top. However, although the form of the bottle is entirely European, the decoration is strictly confined to the Chinese repertoire. Minor loss of glaze to the edge of the bottle is typical of Wanli blue and white kraal-type wares. (4841)

W 100mm H 250mm

Ref: WEB1076

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Massive Kangxi blue and white vase with design of court life and soldiers. (5248)

W 480mm H 950mm

Ref: WEB976

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