Lot 405. A very rare kinrande ‘dancing lady’ ewer, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period (1522-1566); 30cm., 11 3/4 in. Estimate 30,000 - 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 134,500 GBP. Photo: Sothebys
intricately modelled in the form of a lady dancing with her right knee raised, her left arm lowered forming the handle and the right arm lifted forming the spout, clasping a leafy spray in the hand, wearing long robes elaborately decorated in iron-red, turquoise, and green enamels with a mythical beast panel to her chest, a foliate scroll around her collar and floral diaper patterns around her shoulders and underskirt, further embellished with traces of gilt floral scrolls, her face pencilled with underglaze-blue features and tied-up hair, all supported on an oval base decorated with shaped panels enclosing tasselled florets on a diaper ground, later wood cover imitating a double hair-knot and a matched rectangular stand. Quantity: 3.
Note: For a very similar ewer from the famous collection of Sir Percival David, see R.L.Hobson, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the David Collection, pl CXLV, London, 1934; another in the Ataka Collection, see Masterpieces of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1999, no.57; another in the Tokyo National Museum, see Illustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum, Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1953, p.93; another in the collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass., accession no.1940.228; and another, sold in these rooms 17th June 1937, lot 116.
Wine ewer in the form of a woman with kinrande decoration, Ming dynasty, Jiajing to Wanli reign, about AD1522–1600. Porcelain with overglaze red, turquoise and green enamels, and gilding (replacement lid), Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Height: 31,8 cm. On loan from Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, PDF.704 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum
Ewer in the Form of a Dancing Lady Holding a Fruiting Peach Branch, the Stopper in the Form of a Bun of Hair, Ming dynasty, 1368-1644, probably mid 16th century. "Wucai" (five-color) ware, of so-called "kinrande" type: porcelain with decoration painted in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze polychrome and gold enamels; with underglaze cobalt-blue mark reading "Fu Gui Jia Qi" on the base, 31.4 x 15.8 x 8.8 cm. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Samuel C. Davis, 1940.228.A-B © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 06 Nov 2013