A Cobalt-Blue Dish, Mark and Period of Jiajing - Photo Sotheby's

the shallow rounded sides elegantly rising from a straight foot to a wide flared rim, the interior with a slight ridge indicating the centre, applied overall with a deep blue glaze of smooth texture, save for the base left white and inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double ring in underglaze blue; 17.3 cm., 6 3/4 in. Estimation: 600,000 - 800,000 HKD

PROVENANCE: Collection of the Utterson Family.
Collection of R.H.R. Palmer.
Sotheby’s London, 28th May 1968, lot 104.

LITTERATURE: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2, no. 705.

NOTE DE CATALOGUE: The cobalt-blue glaze, which was occasionally already used in the Yuan dynasty (AD 1279-1368), became popular at the imperial kilns during the Xuande period (AD 1426-35), but is hardly seen thereafter before being revived in the Jiajing reign (AD 1522-66), when it was also used for bowls and jars. A similar, slightly larger dish of Jiajing mark and period in the Palace Museum, Beijing, from the Qing court collection, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 70, together with a Xuande prototype, pl. 66; another Jiajing dish in the Shanghai Museum is published in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], Shanghai, 1999-2000, vol. 13, pl. 57. A similar dish in the Sir Percival David Collection in the British Museum is illustrated in Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Ch’ing Monochrome in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1973, no. A 588; another of larger size from the R.E.R. Luff Will Trust was sold in our London rooms, 26th June 1973, lot 26.

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