Lot 96

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Lot 96. A blue and white barbed-rim dish, Early 15th century; 33cm (13in) wideEstimate: £25,000 - 35,000, HK$310,000 - 440,000. Sold for £ 90,000 (€ 101,585). © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Boldly painted in rich dark tones of blue at the centre with five various flower heads in a symmetrical meander issuing single leaves, the petal-moulded well with twelve petals each containing a single curling leafy flower head on a stem, the everted rim with simple continuous floral meander beneath the barbed rim, the underside similarly decorated on each of the twelve petals with an upright single leafy blossoming shrub. 

Provenance: purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London on 15 June 1972 for £1,800
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

Note: Five very similar dishes (each 34cm diameter) with the same barbed rim, moulded cavetto and central scrolling floral scroll were donated to the Ardebil Shrine by Shah Abbas the Great of Persia in 1611, see one illustrated by J.A.Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Washington, 1981, pl.36, fig.29.117. Two other very similar examples (each 33cm diameter) in the Topkapi Saray Museum, incised with an Arabic inscriptions reading 'Narinci' and 'Sultan Ibrahim' and drilled owners' marks are illustrated by R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, Vol.II, London, 1986, pp.512-3, fig.602.

Another similar dish of slightly larger size (34.3cm diameter) and painted with a wave pattern at the rim in the Percival David Foundation Collection, now housed in the British Museum, is illustrated by M.Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Underglaze Blue and Copper Red, London, 1976, pl.V (top centre image) and discussed on p.34.

The barbed rim and moulded cavetto can also be seen on a larger dish in the Peabody Essex Museum, illustrated by J.C.Y.Watt and D.Patry Leidy, Defining Yongle. Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth Century China, New York, 2005, pl.1 and another illustrated by J.Carswell, Blue and White. Chinese Porcelain Around the World, London, 2000, fig.99. Compare another similar dish, dated to the Yongle Period, of similar size illustrated in Chinese Porcelain. The S.C.Ko Tianminlou Collection, Vol.I, Hong Kong, 1987, pl.8. Compare also another barbed-rim dish, given to the British Museum by Mrs Walter Sedgwick, illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p.116, fig.3:35, where it is noted that a large dish of this shape was excavated at the Yongle stratum at Dongmentou, Zhushan, Jingdezhen in 1994.

A dish of this type was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2009, lot 1670. Another was sold in the same rooms, 8 October 2006, lot 1159.

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Lot 97. A small blue and white 'chicken-head' globular ewer, 16th century; 11cm (4½in) wideEstimate: £2,500 - 3,500, HK$31,000 - 44,000. Unsold.© Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The globular body set with chicken-head spout and chicken-tail handle painted around the body with thin leafy section of meandering daisy and peony above a band of simple lappets at the slightly recessed foot. 

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

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Lot 98. A blue and white tripod cylindrical jar and cover, 16th century;11cm (4½in) diam. (2). Estimate: £1,500 - 2,500, HK$19,000 - 31,000. Unsold © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The exterior painted in greyish-blue around the body with a sage and attendant on a sketchy terrace, and a fenced cluster of shrubs, the flat cover with two flying birds and pierced at the centre. 

Provenance: W.W.Winkworth
Purchased at Sotheby's London, on 12 December 1972, lot 52, for £120
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A blue and white square vase, Xuande four-character mark, 16th century

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Lot 99. A blue and white square vase, Xuande four-character mark, 16th century; 11cm (4½in) high. Estimate: £2,500 - 3,500, HK$31,000 - 44,000Sold for £ 6,240 (€ 7,043). © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Strongly painted on two faces with a duck swimming in a lotus pond beneath another in flight, alternating on the other two with a long-billed crane swimming in a similar pond beneath another diving down towards it, the shoulder with a band of trefoil lappets beneath key-fret pattern at the rim. 

Provenance: Revd. J.F.Bloxam
Stephen Winkworth
W.W.Winkworth
Purchased at Sotheby's London on 12 December 1972, lot 56 (where the jar is attributed to the Zhengde period), for £620
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

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Lot 100. A blue and white deep dish, 16th century; 33cm (13in) diamEstimate: £2,500 - 3,500, HK$31,000 - 44,000. Unsold. © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Brightly painted at the centre of the interior with five flying horses on a ground of densely breaking waves, the well with upright single lotus leaves and blossoms, the wide rim with dense cell pattern beneath a barbed edge. 

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A blue and white pear-shaped ewer, Encircled Da Ming nian zhi mark, 16th century

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Lot 101. A blue and white pear-shaped ewer, Encircled Da Ming nian zhi mark, 16th century; 23cm (9in) highEstimate: £1,000 - 1,500, HK$13,000 - 19,000. Sold for £ 3,600 (€ 4,063). © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The flattened body painted on both sides with two lightly relief-moulded peach-shaped panels of scrolling lotus, the handle replaced possibly in the Middle East with a silver handle and stretcher around the neck, the spout tip also replaced. 

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A blue and white shallow bowl

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Lot 102. A blue and white shallow bowl. Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722); 15.5cm (6¼in) diam. (2). Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000, HK$38,000 - 63,000.  Sold for £ 6,600 (€ 7,449). © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Brightly and elaborately painted with a small boy wearing a waistband holding over his right shoulder a curling branch of blossom forming a continuous meander, all on a blue-ground roundel, the exterior with single torn-off sprays of blossom and shrubs, fitted box. 

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

Note: The unusual way in which the single flower sprays are torn off and scattered somewhat irregularly around the underside of the dish, which must date from the very early years of the Kangxi Period. For a discussion of this feature, see C.Sheaf Reflections on Transitional Blue and White, Arts of Asia, Vol 39 no.1, p.95 pl.2, where he notes that one of the features of the second quarter of the 17th century was increasing willingness by porcelain painters to deconstruct engraved designs and scatter them to form new combinations of design.

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Lot 103. A pair of blue and white saucer dishes, Xuande marks, Kangxi; 13.5cm (5½in) diam. (2). Estimate: £1,400 - 1,800, HK$18,000 - 23,000. Unsold. © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Each centrally painted in rich dark blue with a roundel of a single flower head within emerging curling leaves, the underside with a continuous mallow flower meander recalling Chenghua Period Palace bowls. 

Provenance: purchased from John Sparks Ltd., London in June 1972 for £325
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A large blue and white barrel-shaped garden seat, Circa 1800

Lot 104. A large blue and white barrel-shaped garden seat, Circa 1800; 51cm (20in) highEstimate: £400 - 600, HK$5,000 - 7,500Sold for £ 960 (€ 1,083). © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Of standard form pierced with two pairs of interlocking cash dividing two horizontal bands of relief bosses. 

A copper-red oviform vase, Probably 18th century

Lot 105. A copper-red oviform vase, Probably 18th century; 20cm (7¾in) high. Sold for £ 9,600 (€ 10,835).© Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Delicately painted on one side in rich even cherry-red with a cluster of leafy blossoming and flowering prunus and bamboo on a grassy terrace.

Provenance: purchased from Hugh Moss Ltd., London circa 1970 for £140
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A copper-red long-necked globular vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 106. A copper-red long-necked globular vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 44cm (17½in) high. Sold for £ 10,800 (€ 12,190).© Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Boldly painted with three solid red animals comprising a buffalo, a qilin and an apparent lion seated individually on the bulbous body below the long plain neck.

ProvenanceSotheby's London, 13 May 1969, lot 144
W.W.Winkworth
Purchased at Sotheby's London on 12 December 1972, lot 105, for £260
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A copper-red celadon-ground bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735)

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Lot 107. A copper-red celadon-ground bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735); 15cm (6in) diam. Sold for £ 19,200 (€ 21,671)© Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The exterior boldly decorated with five rich cherry-red flying bats symmetrically spaced, all under an even celadon glaze entirely covering the interior and exterior, the interior of the foot white.

Provenance: purchased from Hugh Moss Ltd., London on 6 April 1970 for £890
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

NoteIn 1729, towards the end of the Yongzheng reign, Tang Ying, the future director of Jingdezhen, compiled a list of porcelains that had been supplied to the court. One of the new designs listed included 'the five bats, symbols of the five happinesses' and described the new process of 'copies of the Longquan glaze decorated in ruby red', see S.Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, London, 1981, p.198. The present bowl belongs to a group of very similar bowls, all decorated with the five-bats in copper-red on a celadon-ground. Similar examples include one in the Bauer Collection illustrated by J.Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in The Baur Collection, Vol.II, Geneva, 1999, pl.199. Two other examples have sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 November 2004, lot 880 and Christie's New York, 19 September 2006, lot 401.

A rare blue and copper-red pear-shaped vase, 18th century

Lot 108. A rare blue and copper-red pear-shaped vase, 18th century; 15cm (6in) diam. Sold for £ 14,400 (€ 16,253). © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

Boldly painted on one side in a richly-toned cherry-red and blue palette with a large cluster of twelve peaches irregularly grouped along two long leafy branches, the design extending almost around the vase beneath a band of formal lotus scroll at the shoulder and overlapping stiff leaves rising to the flaring rim.

Provenance: Bluett and Son, London
FG and EH Morrill, Collection no.85
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

Note: During the Yongzheng and Qianlong periods potters at Jingdezhen sought to emulate the style and quality of 'classic' Ming Dynasty porcelains and treasured antiques from the Imperial collection were sent to Jingdezhen to be copied. The present vase owes much of its form, stylistic composition and even colour to earlier Ming Dynasty prototypes. However, the production of porcelain vessels displaying the technical virtuosity of successfully firing both the under-glaze cobalt blue and copper-red displays the creative inspiration of Jingdezhen potters who, from the mid-Kangxi Period onwards were determined to revive, and indeed improve, the classic copper-red porcelains of the early 15th century, see R.Scott(ed.), Chinese Copper Red Wares, London, 1991, p.27. It is interesting to compare a Yongle blue and white pear-shaped vase with its Qianlong Period counterpart, which is unusually painted in underglaze-copper-red against a ground of overglaze yellow enamel, illustrated by E.S.Rawski and J.Rawson, China. The Three Emperors 1662-1722, London, 2005, Catalogue nos.207 and 208. 

An unusual blue and copper-red green-washed bowl, Yongzheng four-character mark and of the period

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Lot 109. An unusual blue and copper-red green-washed bowl, Yongzheng four-character mark and of the period (1723-1735); 17.8cm (7in) diam. Estimate: £1,500 - 2,500, HK$19,000 - 31,000. Unsold. © Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The exterior painted in blue and red, and washed in green over engraved details with two large clusters of leafy flowering lotus in a pond of rippling waves beneath two birds. 

Provenance: W.W.Winkworth
Purchased at Sotheby's London, 13 December 1973, lot 141
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

Note: The decoration of this unusual bowl is more characteristic of Kangxi wares, and recalls a short-lived moment of engraved and underglaze decoration found in a similar way on a few bowls in the 1643 Asian Junk cargo; see C.Sheaf and R.Kilburn, The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes, London, 1988, p.70, pl.109

A copper-red 'phoenix roundels' bowl, Daoguang seal mark and of the period (1821-1850)

 Lot 110. A copper-red 'phoenix roundels' bowl, Daoguang seal mark and of the period (1821-1850); 14.5cm (5¾in) diam. Sold for £ 10,800 (€ 12,190). © Bonhams Ltd

Well painted on the exterior in pale copper-red firing attractively to very pale green on some details with five roundels, each formed as a phoenix with tail open and wings outspread, a sixth roundel at the centre of the interior.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

Note: Phoenix medallions bowls, such the present example, were produced from the Kangxi Period onwards, see a Kangxi example of this type in the Nanjing Museum illustrated in Treasures in the Royalty. The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p.88.

A doucai bowl, Chenghua mark, late Kangxi

Lot 111. A doucai bowl, Chenghua mark, late Kangxi (1662-1722); 12cm (4¾in) diam. Sold for £ 4,080 (€ 4,605). © Bonhams Ltd

Attractively painted in underglaze blue and enamelled in translucent yellow, green, aubergine and iron-red with two five-clawed dragons chasing each other around the exterior divided by flaming pearls and cloud scrolls, the interior with a single dragon roundel.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

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Lot 112. A doucai bowl, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722); 14cm (5½in) diam. Estimate £ 4,000 - 6,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,800). Unsold© Bonhams Ltd

Unusually enamelled around the exterior in translucent green, yellow, aubergine, red and orange enamel with four roundels of single coiling four-clawed dragons clutching at a flaming pearl, the interior with a single underglaze-blue dragon roundel.

Provenance: apparently purchased directly from W.W.Winkworth in about 1972 for £100
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

Note: Compare a doucai Kangxi mark and period bowl bearing this type in the Palace Museum, Beijing illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 207. Another similar bowl from the Shanghai Museum, is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, Catalogue no.159. A pair of very similar bowls recently sold at Sotheby's New York, 16 September 2009, lot 194.

A pair of famille rose saucer dishes,Yongzheng six-character marks

Lot 113. A pair of famille rose saucer dishes,Yongzheng six-character marks; 19cm (7½in) diam. Sold for £ 7,800 (€ 8,804)© Bonhams Ltd

Each delicately enamelled in pink, aubergine, blue, yellow, turquoise and lime-green in the boneless style with a single large leafy cluster of peony and daisy, the undersides under a rich violet-blue glaze around the exterior of the foot.

Provenance: purchased from D.K.J.Wright on 26 June 1973 for £440
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A famille rose 'lotus border' dish, Daoguang seal mark and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 115. A famille rose 'lotus border' dish, Daoguang seal mark and of the period (1821-1850); 20.5cm (8in) diam. Sold for £ 6,000 (€ 6,772)© Bonhams Ltd

The interior boldly enamelled in pink and yellow with a large many-petalled lotus head, the exterior with three bands of overlapping petals reserved on a yellow ground.

Provenancepurchased from Hugh Moss Ltd., London 
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

 

A famille verte rouleau vase, 19th century

Lot 117. A famille verte rouleau vase, 19th century; 45cm (18in) high. Sold for £ 5,040 (€ 5,688). © Bonhams Ltd

Brightly enamelled in shades of green, blue, yellow, iron-red and aubergine with a group of ladies preparing food on a fenced pavilion terrace, and servants apparently collecting bags of tea at the instructions of an elderly supervisor on a willow terrace.

Provenancethe Cresswell Collection, according to family notes
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A pair of famille rose baluster jars and two covers, 19th century

Lot 118. A pair of famille rose baluster jars and two covers, 19th century; 22cm (8½in) high. Sold for £ 2,640 (€ 2,988). © Bonhams Ltd

Enamelled in mirror image with groups of children playing beneath a tall leafy pine and others chasing butterflies, the covers with playing children, 43cm (17in) high; and a pair of oviform jars painted in mirror image with purple flowers and a large cluster of tree peony.

ProvenanceEdward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A yellow-glazed saucer dish, Hongzhi six-character mark and of the period (1487-1505)

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Lot 119. A yellow-glazed saucer dish, Hongzhi six-character mark and of the period (1487-1505); 18cm (7in) diam. Sold for £ 31,200 (€ 35,316). © Bonhams Ltd

The interior, gently flaring rim and exterior of the high thin foot all under a lightly-mottled even pale-egg-yolk glaze, the interior of the foot clear glazed to reveal the underglaze blue mark.

Provenance: F.M.Mayer, New York, collection no.100
Purchased at Christie's, London, 24/25 June 1974, lot 100 for £3,800
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

Note: Yellow monochromes were reserved for the sole use of the Imperial Court and played an important role in Court ritual sacrifices at the Diqitian, Altar of Earth, and it is believed that this group of yellow-glazed Hongzhi mark and period dishes were made under Imperial supervision. The clear, warm-toned colour on the present dish is referred to as 'Imperial yellow' in the west, and owes its colour to a small amount of iron oxide in the glaze. Fragments of yellow Hongzhi-marked dishes were excavated from the Ming Dynasty stratum at Zhushan, Jingdezhen, see J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp.185-6. Three similar dishes between 17.8 and 21.5cm in diameter are illustrated in op.cit. figs.7:18, 7:19 and 7:20. 

Unusually, another Hongzhi dish of this type is found in the Topkapi Saray Museum, indicating that some yellow monochromes of this type were given as diplomatic tribute, see R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, Vol.II, London, 1986, no.744 and p.447. 

Further examples can be found in the Zhuyuetang Collection, illustrated in Shimmering Colours. Monochromes of the Yuan to Qing Periods. The Zhuyuetang Collection, Hong Kong, 2005, fig.118; the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl.39. 

Compare another dish, formerly in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2009, lot 713. Another from the Cunliffe Collection was sold in these rooms on 11 November 2002, lot 70.

A blue-glazed flattened pear-shaped ewer, Circa 1600

Lot 121. A blue-glazed flattened pear-shaped ewerCirca 1600; 15cm (5¾in) high. Sold for £ 3,360 (€ 3,803). © Bonhams Ltd

The globular body carved through the opaque dark glaze to leave the design in shallow relief using the oatmeal-coloured clay with two long horizontal clusters of coiling leafy fruity grapevine divided by a butterfly. 

Provenance: purchased from S Marchant and Son, London according to a label
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

Potted with an elaborate loop handle, the spout issuing from an indistinct dragon head and a large peach-shaped panel on both faces, the rich opaque blue glaze with minor traces of gilt decoration remaining.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

An engraved blue-glazed jar, 16th century

Lot 122. An engraved blue-glazed jar16th century; 24cm (9½in) high. Sold for £ 1,800 (€ 2,037). © Bonhams Ltd

The globular body carved through the opaque dark glaze to leave the design in shallow relief using the oatmeal-coloured clay with two long horizontal clusters of coiling leafy fruity grapevine divided by a butterfly.

Provenance: purchased from S Marchant and Son, London according to a label
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A blue-glazed stem cup, 16th-17th century

Lot 123. A blue-glazed stem cup, 16th-17th century; 15.5cm (6in) diam. Sold for £ 4,320 (€ 4,889). © Bonhams Ltd

The exterior all under a rich lustrous even dark blue glaze, the everted rim brown-dressed, the centre of the white interior with a roundel of crossed vajras.

Provenance: purchased from A&J Speelman, London on 4 May 1973 for £500
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

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Lot 124. Two monochrome glazed vessels, and a wucai jar, 17th-18th century. Sold for £ 3,000 (€ 3,395). © Bonhams Ltd

A turquoise-glazed shallow bowl, entirely plain, encircled Xuande six-character mark, probably mid-17th century, 14cm (5¾in) diam.; a white-glazed lobed bowl with six radiating panels each lightly moulded with a dragon above lotus, probably 18th century, 21.5cm (8½in) diam.; and a wucai baluster jar with green, yellow and iron-red phoenix roundels, 17th century.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A fine cherry-red-glazed bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735)

Lot 126. A fine cherry-red-glazed bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period (1723-1735); 20.5cm (8in) diam.; the other liver-glazed on the underside of the rim only, 16cm (6¼in) diamSold for £ 5,760 (€ 6,520). © Bonhams Ltd

The exterior under a brilliant bubble-suffused glaze, the interior white.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

Two liver-red-glazed saucer dishes, The first Daoguang seal mark, the second Yongzheng six-character mark, both of the period

Lot 127. Two liver-red-glazed saucer dishes, The first Daoguang seal mark, the second Yongzheng six-character mark, both of the periodSold for £ 8,400 (€ 9,508). © Bonhams Ltd

The first Daoguang seal mark, the second Yongzheng six-character mark, both of the period.The first all under a deep even glaze firing white within the foot, 20.5cm (8in) diam.; the other liver-glazed on the underside of the rim only, 16cm (6¼in) diam.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A sang-de-boeuf anhua-moulded stem cup, 18th century

Lot 128. A sang-de-boeuf anhua-moulded stem cup, 18th century; 14cm (5½in) wideSold for £ 9,000 (€ 10,188). © Bonhams Ltd

All under a rich opaque liver-red glaze, the interior crisply decorated in very shallow relief with two five-clawed dragons striding in mutual pursuit divided by flaming pearls. 

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A red-glazed flaring bowl, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)

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Lot 129. A red-glazed flaring bowl, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 19.5cm (7¾in) diam. Sold for £ 5,040 (€ 5,705)© Bonhams Ltd

The exterior all under an even lustrous red glaze of sang-de-boeuf tone, the interior white.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A white-glazed 'lianzu' bowl, Xuande six-character mark within a double circle, probably 18th century

Lot 130. A white-glazed 'lianzu' bowl, Xuande six-character mark within a double circle, probably 18th century; 16.5cm (6½in) diam. Sold for £ 5,040 (€ 5,705). © Bonhams Ltd

Entirely covered with a very pale blueish-white bubble-suffused glaze, the centre of the interior forming a sharp point within the foot on the exterior where the mark is painted.

ProvenanceW.W.Winkworth
Purchased at Sotheby's, London on 12 December 1972, lot 152 for £180 (where it was attributed to the 18th century)
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A large blanc-de-chine standing figure of Guanyin, 18th century, impressed four-character seal mark

Lot 131. A large blanc-de-chine standing figure of Guanyin, 18th century, impressed four-character seal mark; 53cm (21in) highSold for £ 19,200 (€ 21,734). © Bonhams Ltd 

Standing swaying slightly to the right, holding a scroll in the lowered left hand and wearing an elaborate Buddhist tiara. 

Provenance: the Robey Collection (sticker inside the base)
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection

A Junyao saucer dish, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 132. A Junyao saucer dish, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127); 17cm (6¾in) diamSold for £ 6,960 (€ 7,878). © Bonhams Ltd 

The entire surface under an even widely-crackled pale lavender glaze firing typically to an oatmeal tone at the edge and pooling thickly in some points around the very short foot, the base with three large spur marks.

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A Dingyao stem cup, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 133. A Dingyao stem cup, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127); 13cm (5in) diam. Sold for £ 15,600 (€ 17,659). © Bonhams Ltd 

The plain deep bowl potted with a sharply everted rim now bound with a copper band, the spreading foot incised with six horizontal concentric grooves, all under a pale ivory glaze stopping in loops above the footrim. 

ProvenanceAlfred and Ivy Clark, Collection no.625
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A pair of Qingbai incised shallow bowls, Song Dynasty, probably Southern (1127-1279

Lot 136. A pair of Qingbai incised shallow bowls, Song Dynasty, probably Southern (1127-1279); 17.5cm (7in) diamSold for £ 2,040 (€ 2,305). © Bonhams Ltd 

Each crisply incised at the centre of the interior of the gently sloping bowl with a roundel of coiling leafy foliage, below three sketchy combed sprays, the exteriors plain

Provenancepurchased from S Marchant and Son, London on 9 July 1971 for £745
Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A celadon-glazed horizontally-ribbed meiping, 14th-15th century

Lot 138. A celadon-glazed horizontally-ribbed meiping, 14th-15th century28cm (11in) highSold for £ 4,200 (€ 4,746). © Bonhams Ltd 

The tall slender body entirely plain under a largely even pale glaze, carved with symmetrical horizontal ribs

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A fine large celadon-glazed barbed-rim dish, 14th-early 15th century

Lot 139. A fine large celadon-glazed barbed-rim dish, 14th-early 15th century42cm (16½in) wideSold for £ 14,400 (€ 16,274). © Bonhams Ltd 

Centrally impressed with a large single flowering lotus spray within a roundel, the fluted well carved with clusters of foliage, the flat rim with a crisply potted barbed edge, the decoration on the well repeated on the underside, the glaze of rich lustrous tone and even pale colour

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

A celadon-glazed moulded bowl, 14th-15th century

Lot 140. A celadon-glazed moulded bowl, 14th-15th century15.5cm (6in) diamSold for £ 2,640 (€ 2,983). © Bonhams Ltd 

 The interior crisply impressed with six upright single figures, including the poet Li Bai and Confucius, standing or seated beside an inscription identifying them in each case, the exterior lightly incised with a sketchy foliage meander, the glaze of rich tone

Provenance: Edward (Ted) Wrangham, O.B.E. (1928-2009) Collection.

Edward (Ted) Wrangham O.B.E. (1928-2009)

Ted Wrangham was born in London and grew up in Yorkshire in the North of England. He was born into families with distinguished traditions. His great-great-grandfather was William Wilberforce, the outstanding libertarian and champion of the under privileged, whose persistent lobbying of Government played a crucial role in the abolition of slavery in the 1830s. More recently, his grandfather Stephen Winkworth and uncle William (Billy) were both significant early collectors of Chinese and Japanese art, at a time when other legendary English collectors were also forming remarkable collections. He was educated at Eton College and, later on in life, at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he achieved an M.A. in English. At around that time, in the late 1940s, Ted also discovered the joys of mountaineering and helped found the Alpine Climbing Group. He had an irrepressible humour and, on one occasion, when climbing with a Russian group in 1960, the British contingent told the Russians that a real capitalist was joining them and that he measured the height of a cliff by pushing off a peasant and seeing how long he took to reach the bottom! Needless to say, Ted was viewed suspiciously by the visitors but later said that they didn't believe the story and awarded him a 'Sputnik' pin brooch! He was also a keen and successful rally driver, completing the Monte Carlo Rally twice, as well as the Alpine Rally and the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Rally. Ted took to farming in Northumberland in 1957 with great enthusiasm on the family's farm. Apart from his work in the fields, he did much for the environment of the north-east of England, including fighting against much opposition over 23 years to create a large reservoir which, apart from providing water for a large area, also acted as a water-sports facility. For this successful creation, Keilder Water, which required its own Act of Parliament, he was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen by being awarded in 1997 the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire). However it is as a collector of Asian art that many friends at this auction will know Ted. As a nephew of William (Billy) Winkworth, he was greatly influenced by his uncle, and by his grandfather, the legendary English collector of Asian art, Stephen Winkworth, who presented him with a netsuke when he was eight years old. Fascinated by both Chinese and Japanese, it was the study of Japanese inro, the techniques of their production, and their artists, for which he developed the most passion. This interest culminated in the private publication of his book, The Index of Inro Artists (Harehope Publications, 1995), which became an essential reference work in the library of collectors, dealers and museums. He also wrote numerous articles on Japanese art and mountaineering, as well as lecturing widely on both subjects. His collection of Chinese art reveals the same eclectic vision and discerning taste, no doubt strengthened as he began to acquire Chinese and Japanese art from all manner of sources, including his grandfather's own collections when they were sold at Sotheby's London in the early 1970s. He bought Chinese art for pleasure, for education and to illustrate interesting cross-references with the Japanese cultural tradition. Whether his purchase was a single Song Dynasty lacquer dish, a crisply cast Shang Dynasty bronze beaker, or a striking example of coloured Qing porcelain, it was chosen to illustrate a theme, or to act as a contrast. The collection recalls his grandfather's own wide-ranging and well-informed interest in Chinese art, at a time when a good eye could still identify unregarded treasures and create a delightful collection shaped by an individual's personal taste. These are perhaps the essential and defining qualities of the Wrangham collection.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 5 Nov 2009. New Bond Street