A blue and white vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period (1627-1644)

Lot 108. A blue and white vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period (1627-1644); 39cm., 15 3/8 in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby’s.

the slightly tapering cylindrical body rising to a waisted neck flaring at the rim, painted with a scene from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, depicting one of Liu Bei's generals rescuing Liu Bei's son from capture by rival general Cao Cao, all set in a garden landscape with trees, rocks and swirling clouds, the shoulder and the foot incised with a floral and chevron band, the neck decorated with butterflies and bird amongst flowering bushes.

Provenance: Collection of Richard de la Mare (1901-1986).
Sotheby's, Much Hadham Hall: The Contents of the House Sold by Direction of Richard de la Mare, 1st October 1980, lot 265.
Collection of George and Cornelia Wingfield Digby.

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM