A reticulated fahua meiping, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century


Lot 1642. A reticulated fahua meiping, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century; 11 in. (29.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 

The vase is pierced through the body, and decorated in blue, turquoise, yellow and cream enamels with a continuous scene of scholars amidst pine trees in the central register, lappets on the foot, and a band of peony scroll on the shoulder

ProvenancePrivate collection, Europe.

Note: The present vase is not only remarkable for its complex construction and sophisticated decoration, but also for its attractive dark blue ground, which is rare. One other dark blue-ground meiping, previously in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, no. 17.120.156. A similar vase carved in openwork with a scene of scholars, but with a turquoise-ground, is illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 413-14, no. 13:9.

Another related turquoise-ground meiping, from the collection of Mrs. Alfred Clark and dated circa 1500, is illustrated in the catalogue to the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, The Arts of the Ming Dynasty, London, 1957, no. 161. Another fahua meiping from the collection of Baron von Ledebur sold at Christie's London, 31 March 1969, lot 79.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2019