Lot 2288. A very rare early Ming brown-glazed moulded 'Dragon' stem bowl, Ming dynasty, 15th century; 5 in. (12.7 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000. Price realised HKD 225,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2012
The bowl with a flared mouth rim is supported on a columnar splayed foot, the interior with moulded dragon design. It is covered in a thick brown glaze with the exception of the biscuit foot. The interior of the stem foot is covered in a transparent glaze.
Note: Brown-glazed stem bowls from the early Ming period are extremely rare, with most published examples being red-, white-, celadon-glazed or blue and white wares. A close comparison to the current lot is a slightly larger brown-glazed stem bowl excavated from the Yongle stratum at Jingdezhen, illustrated in Jingdezhen chutu Mingdai yuyao ciqi, Beijing, 2009, pl. 34.
Monochrome glazed stem bowls were important ritual objects for the imperial court during the Ming dynasty, it is therefore not uncommon to find dragon designs, symbols for imperial power, on such wares. Compare to a red-glazed stem bowl decorated with moulded dragons and Yongle mark, excavated from the Yongle stratum at Zhushan in Jingdezhen and illustrated in Huangdi de ciqi, Shanghai, 2010, pl. 34.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 28 November 2012. Hong Kong