A fine pair of ming-style blue and white vases, meiping, Qianlong six-character sealmarks and of the period (1736-1795) 

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Lot 2942. A fine pair of Ming-style blue and white vases, meiping, Qianlong six-character sealmarks and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate HKD 15,000,000 - HKD 20,000,000 (USD 2,000,000 - USD 2,600,000). Price Realised HKD 24,180,000 (USD 3,118,640). © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. 

Each vase is sturdily potted with a broad shoulder and waisted neck, the exterior painted in deep shades of blue with simulated 'heaping and piling', with six fruit and flower-sprays arranged in two registers, comprising lychee, peach, pomegranate, peony, prunus and lotus, above a band of upright plantain leaves at the foot, ten petal panels below the neck painted with four floral-sprays - 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high, Japanese wood box (2)

LiteratureMin Shin no Bijutsu, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, 1980, p. 42, fig. 186
Min Shin no Bijutsu, Osaka Shiritsu Bijutsukan hen, Japan, 1982, pl. 167 (one of two illustrated)
Shincho Kogei no Bi, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, 1989, p. 42, no. 120

NotesThe inspiration for this shape and pattern originates from examples produced during the early Ming period, such as the 15th century example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book II (part 1), Hong Kong, 1963, pl. 1; and two other meiping vases illustrated by T. Misugi, The Ardebil Shrine Collection, Hong Kong University Press, 1981, nos. A69 and A70.

Blue and white meiping and a cover, Yongle period (1403-1425), Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing

Blue and white meiping and a cover, Yongle period (1403-1425), Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing 

A number of these tall, high shouldered vases are published: one formerly from the Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1981, lot 546; a vase from the Eugene O. Perkins Collection, sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1989, lot 90; and a pair from the T. Y. Chao Collection, exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 79, one of which is now in the S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, and is illustrated in Blue and White Porcelains in the Collection of Tianminlou Foundation, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 222, no. 94. Also, compare two other vases, one formerly from the Robert Chang Collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2009, 1888; and the other from the Shorenstein Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2970. 

An exceptionally fine Ming-style blue and white vase, meiping, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795)

An exceptionally fine Ming-style blue and white vase, meiping, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795) formerly from the Robert Chang CollectionPrice Realised  HKD 7,460,000 (USD 967,167) at Christie's Hong Kong1 December 2009, lot 1888© Christie's Images Ltd 2009. 

A Ming-style blue and white vase, meiping, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795)

 A Ming-style blue and white vase, meiping, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795) from the Shorenstein CollectionPrice Realised  HKD 7,820,000 (USD 1,011,128) at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2970© Christie's Images Ltd 2010.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 November 2011, Hong Kong