A fahua meiping, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 654. A fahua meiping, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 56,250 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

glazed in aubergine, turquoise and yellow reserved against a deep blue ground, depicting a sage drifting towards a pavilion enshrouded in clouds approached by an attendant carrying a wrapped qin, between a ruyi-collar enclosing lotus blossoms at the shoulder and a lappet band below, the interior applied with a yellow glaze, Japanese wood box (2). Height 11 1/4  in., 28.6 cm 

ProvenanceCollection of Edson Bradley (1852-1935).
Collection of J. Insley Blair (1870-1939). 

LiteratureThe J. Insley Blair Collection of Chinese Porcelain, New York, 1925, pl. VIII, cat. no. 25.

NoteAnother vase of this type and subject from the Qing court collection, now housed in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin daxi: za you cai, su sancai / The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum: Miscellaneous Enameled Porcelains, Plain Tricolored Porcelains, Shanghai, 2009, cat. no. 234.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art New York, 15 Mar 2017