Lot 64. A rare fahua reticulated meiping, Ming dynasty, late 15th-early 16th century; 27.5cm., 10 7/8 in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 13,750 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2011
the pierced body glazed in aubergine, turquoise and ivory reserved against a deep blue ground, depicting a sage standing beside the porch of a pavilion emerging from billowing clouds, the figure looking back to a pine tree and an attendant carrying a qin, all above a band of stylised lotus lappets, the shoulder encircled with four large leafy peony blossoms.
Note: A closely related example from the Franks collection and now in the British Museum, London, is published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 13:9.
Porcelain meiping carved in openwork and enamelled in the 'fahua' palette, Ming dynasty, circa 1488-1522, 34.5 cm. Donated by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, Franks.193. © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum