12 janvier 2018

Plat en porcelaine bleu et blanc d'un bouquet de lotus, Chine, époque Yongle (1403-1424)

Plat en porcelaine bleu et blanc d'un bouquet de lotus, Chine, époque Yongle (1403-1424)

Lot 333. Plat en porcelaine bleu et blanc d'un bouquet de lotus, Chine, époque Yongle (1403-1424). Diam. 31,5 cm; 12 3/8 in. Estimate 25,000 — 30,000 EUR. Lot sold 30,750 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's 2008

Circulaire avec un rebord haut doucement incurvé, peint d'un bleu profond sous couverte avec l'effet d'oxydation « heaping et piling » caractéristique de la période, avec un bouquet aquatique enrubanné de lotus et sagittaria encerclé de trois cercles concentriques, entouré de d'une composition florale en rinceaux de camélia, hibiscus, pivoine et lotus se répétant au revers, la base non émaillée brunie à la cuisson.

A blue and white charger dish, Yongle period (1403-1424)

Note: This beautifully composed lotus bouquet motif is one of the classic designs of the early Ming period. Dishes of this design come in different sizes and slightly different design although the larger size dish usually comes with a wave border. A similar dish, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 665, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 31st October 1974, lot 70. See another dish of this type, from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, included in the exhibition Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and Its Impact on the Western World, University of Chicago, Chicago, 1985, cat. no. 21, where John Carswell notes that the informal, asymmetrical arrangement of the central bouquet and the generally naturalistic feeling illustrate the new spirit in the concept of decorating blue and white in the early fifteenth century.

Compare also two larger Yongle lotus bouquet dishes of this type, one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Geng Baochang (ed.) Gugong Bowuyuan cang Ming chu qinghua ci, Beijing, 2002, pl. 136; the other in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition Mingdai chunian ciqi tezhan, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1982, cat. no. 41. A further example is published in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 757; another from the Herschel V. Johnson collection included in Sir Harry Garner, Oriental Blue and White, London, 1973, pl. 12

Sotheby's. Asian Arts, Paris, 12 Jun 2008

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