Alain.R.Truong

27 mars 2015

A rare Qingbai-type model of a granary and cover, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A rare Qingbai-type model of a granary and cover, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A rare Qingbai-type model of a granary and cover, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th centuryEstimate $6,000 - $8,000. Price Realized $37,500Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The vessel heavily potted in the shape of a circular granary raised on a plinth bisected on one side by stairs rising to a doorway fitted with a separate vertically sliding door, the separate cover modeled as a tiled roof surmounted by a large bud finial, covered in a grayish-blue glaze, the stairs and door left in the biscuit; 9 ¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1987.

NotesIn ancient China the idea of a full granary carried with it the associations of prosperity and security. It is not surprising therefore to find that, from early times, ceramic models of granaries were made to accompany the deceased into the afterworld. In the Han dynasty, for example, unglazed and lead-glazed earthenware granaries were often placed in tombs. These Han dynasty models were, on the whole, relatively simple constructions, compared to the later Song-Yuan dynasty examples, such as the present model. 

Compare the slightly larger qingbai granary from the Falk Collection, sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2001, lot 102, which is very similar, but has an inscribed plaque above the doorway and numerically inscribed panels on the sliding door. See, also, a somewhat simpler qingbai granary illustrated by Chen Baiquan in 'The Development of Song Dynasty Qingbai Wares from Jingdezhen', The Porcelains of Jingdezhen - Colloquies on Art & Archaeology in Asia No. 16, R. Scott (ed.), Percival David Foundation, London, 1993, p. 19, pl. 10, which shares with both the Falk example and the present example the large, bud-shaped roof finial, as well as similar roof ridges and tiling details. 

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.


26 mars 2015

A Qingbai tiger-form support, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A Qingbai tiger-form support, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A Qingbai tiger-form support, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th centuryEstimate $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized $15,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The hollow figure modeled as a recumbent tiger with mouth open in a roar and long, striped tail flicked to one side, the back supporting a slightly concave platform, covered with a pale aqua-blue glaze, the flat base unglazed; 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) wide, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1987.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A rare large Qingbai iron-brown-splashed, figure of a horse, China, Northern Song dynasty-Yuan dynasty (AD 960-1368)

A rare large Qingbai iron-brown-splashed, figure of a horse, China, Northern Song dynasty (AD 960-1127)

A rare large Qingbai iron-brown-splashed, figure of a horse, China, Northern Song dynasty-Yuan dynasty (AD 960-1368)Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. Price Realized $25,000Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The piebald shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base, with its mouth open in a neigh, with cropped mane, knotted tail and a rope halter, covered with a transparent glaze of very pale olive tone splashed in iron brown - 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high, box

The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York

Oxford thermoluminescence test no. P114n72 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A large Qingbai carved 'twin fish' bowl, China, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th century

A large Qingbai carved 'twin fish' bowl, China, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th century

A large Qingbai carved 'twin fish' bowl, China, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th centuryEstimate $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized $5,250Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The bowl has rounded conical sides applied on the interior with six slip ribs above two fish with combed details carved in the center, covered inside and out with a glaze of aqua color below the unglazed rim - 7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm.) diameter, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1986.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A pair of Qingbai-type jars and covers, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A pair of Qingbai-type jars and covers, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A pair of Qingbai-type jars and covers, China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, 12th-13th centuryEstimate $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized $23,750Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

Each body divided into six lobes by vertical, double incised lines, with four small loops applied to the stepped shoulder, and each with lightly stepped cover, the exterior covered with a mottled glaze of pale grey-green color pooling in the recesses, the interior and foot unglazed exposing the white ware - 4 ¾ in. (12.5 cm.) high, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1988.

Notes: A similar covered jar, but lacking the incised vertical lines on the body and with taller neck, is illustrated in Bright as Silver, White as Snow: Chinese White Ceramics from the Late Tang to Yuan Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1998, p. 148, pl. 32, where it is cited that such covered vessels were used as storage containers for food and tea powder. Another jar with ten lobes and more bluish glaze from the Avery Brundage Collection, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated by S. Pierson (ed.), Qingbai Ware: Chinese Porcelain of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, 2002, p. 172, pl. 91.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.



A Northern brown-glazed lobed ewer, China, Five Dynasties period-Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century

A Northern brown-glazed lobed ewer, China, Five Dynasties period-Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th century

A Northern brown-glazed lobed ewer, China, Five Dynasties period-Northern Song dynasty, 10th-11th centuryEstimate $8,000 - $12,000. Price Realized $15,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The ovoid body divided into six lobes by carved double lines, and with curved spout and handle, the shoulder applied with two small molded tabs attached to the trumpet-shaped neck, covered overall with a dark brown glaze thinning to mushroom on the edges, the foot left unglazed, exposing the buff ware - 8 1/8 in. (21.5 cm.) high, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1987.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

Two Longquan celadon bottle vases, China, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

Two Longquan celadon bottle vases, China, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

Two Longquan celadon bottle vases, China, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)Estimate $8,000 - $12,000. Price Realized $15,000Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

Each with a globular body and tall neck, one covered with a pale sea-green glaze, the other with a pale greyish-green glaze - 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) high, box

The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A rare large Yaozhou celadon carved conical bowl, China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 11th-12th century

A rare large Yaozhou celadon carved conical bowl, China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 11th-12th century

A rare large Yaozhou celadon carved conical bowl, China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 11th-12th centuryEstimate $20,000 - $30,000. Price Realized $7,500Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The deep, rounded conical bowl carved on the interior with a central flower head below a wide band of leafy meander bearing six blossoms alternately shown in full bloom and in profile, and the exterior carved with simplified petals rising from the foot to a line below the somewhat everted rim, covered overall and on the base, with a glaze of greyish-olive color - 8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm.) diameter, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1988.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A Yue-type celadon carved ewer, China, Early Northern Song dynasty (AD 960-1127)

A Yue-type celadon carved ewer, China, Early Northern Song dynasty (AD 960-1127)

A Yue-type celadon carved ewer, China, Early Northern Song dynasty (AD 960-1127)Estimate $6,000 - $8,000. Price Realized $8,750Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The oviform body divided into six lobes, each freely carved with a flower, with a pair of small loops applied to the shoulder between the curved spout and S-shaped handle, the cylindrical neck rising to the dished mouth, covered overall with an olive-green glaze - 7 ½ in. (20 cm.) high, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1986.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A small Yaozhou celadon molded conical bowl, China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A small Yaozhou celadon molded conical bowl, China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 12th-13th century

A small Yaozhou celadon molded conical bowl, China, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 12th-13th centuryEstimate $3,000 - $5,000. Price Realized $8,125Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The center of the interior molded with a flower head below leafy foliate meander bearing flowers alternately shown in full bloom and in profile, the exterior cut with simplified petals rising to the slightly everted rim, covered overall with a glaze of olive color; 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.) diameter, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1987.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.



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