A reticulated 'fahua' garden seat, Ming dynasty, circa 1500





Lot 91. A reticulated 'Fahua' garden seat, Ming dynasty, circa 1500; height 14 3/4 in., 37.5 cm. Estimate 10,000—15,000 USD. Lot Sold 25,000 USD. photo Sotheby's 2011

of barrel-form, boldly decorated around the rounded body with a reticulated design of peacocks striding amidst luscious flowering peonies and rockwork, all picked out in white, blue, turquoise and aubergine, flanked by lion mask handles and bordered by bands of raised bosses, the top with a pair of  shishi lions encircling a central pierced cash motif.

ProvenanceSotheby Parke Bernet Inc., 23rd and 24th April 1975, lot 287.

Note: Stools such as this example were for both indoor and outdoor use in gardens and courtyards. Made in a variety of materials, the shape derived from early Chinese drums which had hide stretched across the top and held in place by nails. Compare a related Fahua stool in the collection of the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 434, pl. 13.33. A similar garden seat, from the collection of Laurance S. Rockefeller, was sold in these rooms, 30th March 2006, lot 71. 

Barrel-shaped porcelain stool with 'fahua' decoration, Ming dynasty, circa 1488-1566

Barrel-shaped porcelain stool with 'fahua' decoration, Ming dynasty, circa 1488-1566. Height: 36 cm Bequeathed by Harvey Hadden, 1931, 1931,0511.2 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum

Sotheby's. Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co. 22 Mar 11. New York