A rare dated 'Fahua' altar garniture, Zhengde mark and period (1506-1521)

LOt 97. A rare dated 'Fahua' altar garniture, Zhengde mark and period (1506-1521); height of tallest vase 23 3/8 in., 60.6 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USDLot Sold 116,500 USD. photo Sotheby's 2011

comprising an incense burner and two vases, the former of compressed globular form supported on three stout cabriole legs, set to the shoulders with a pair of detachable curved strap handles fastened by slots and metal pins, the sides decorated with lotus scrolls in turquoise with gilt flowers on a purple ground, separated from sprays of lingzhi on the neck by a band of ruyi heads, the galleried rim bearing the inscription 'Made and joyfully bestowed on an auspicious day in the second year of the Zhengde in the great Ming dynasty' (Da Ming Zhengde er nian ji ri zhao xi she), the vases each with matching decoration on the body, bands of upright lappets around the neck set with loop handles, the galleried rims each bearing the inscription 'Made as an offering and respectfully presented on an auspicious day in the eigth month of the second year of Zhengde in the Great Ming Dynasty' (Da Ming Zhengde er nian ba yue ji ri faxin zhozao gong feng ) (3).

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 14th November 1967, lot 110.
Sotheby's New York, 5th November 1977, lot 200.

Literature: Regina Krahl, The Anthony de Rothschild Collection of Chinese Ceramics, n.p., 1996, vol. 1, fig. 1.

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